Automotive rental ‘lack’ may spell huge warmth for PEI tourism


PEI tourism officers are involved {that a} lack of rental vehicles may pose a major drawback this summer time because the island expects an enormous bounce in guests flying to the island.

“There’s a automobile scarcity. We aren’t going to have the ability to meet demand,” mentioned Kirk Nicholson, company proprietor of Avis Price range PEI and chairman of the Transportation Committee with the Affiliation of Tourism Trade of the Island (TIAPEI).

“There was a rise in capability at Charlottetown Airport, and even earlier than that, numerous firms, together with ours, are at present already offered out for a lot of the summer time.”

Nicholson says that firstly of the pandemic, the automobile rental enterprise took an enormous hit, and corporations world wide offered off most of their fleets.

Now, provide chain points within the auto manufacturing trade are making it inconceivable to interchange them. Consequently, PEI automobile rental businesses have 50-65 % fewer automobiles than in 2019, Nicholson mentioned.

‘To go to golf programs, and to go to eating places and seashores, [rental cars] are an essential piece of the puzzle,’ mentioned Kirk Nicholson, chairman of the transport committee with the island’s tourism trade affiliation. ((CBC))

They estimate that round 9,000 prospects and their journey teams could also be unable to acquire automobiles.

“Not like touring and making your trip in Toronto, the place there are half a dozen choices for getting round, we’re a journey vacation spot,” Nicholson mentioned.

“To go to golf programs, and to go to eating places and seashores, [rental cars] An essential piece of the puzzle is… Will individuals cancel their holidays to come back right here due to this? Some sure, some no. Nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a success.”

Automotive-sharing the reply?

Nicholson says TIAPEI is counting on a car-sharing firm referred to as Turo to fill at the very least a few of the void.

Turo permits customers to lease their private automobiles via a web-based platform just like Airbnb.

The corporate is up and working in some Canadian provinces, and goals to launch on PEI earlier than summer time.

Turo permits customers to lease their private automobiles via a web-based platform just like Airbnb. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

“We predict that is the precise time to launch Turo there and unlock this financial alternative for native automobile house owners,” mentioned Cedric Mathieu, the corporate’s vp.

“As you possibly can think about, this might go a great distance in offsetting the price of automobile possession. And I feel the parents at PEI will see financial alternative right here, particularly this summer time.”

Mathew mentioned his firm is at present working with PEI insurance coverage regulators to approve a particular kind of insurance coverage that protects vehicles whereas renting via the platform.

“You already know, we will not give a precise timeline and it isn’t completely in our fingers. However I am fairly assured that we can present some aid to the island by way of the dearth of automobile leases and the entire crew. Will be capable to. Working onerous for it,” he mentioned.

Nicholson mentioned TIAPEI can also be working with island taxi and ride-sharing firms, with the hope that they’ll be capable to scale up their operations to assist meet demand.



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