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Tourism industry had to roll with changes during COVID-19 pandemic

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The tourism industry took some hits on the chin during the COVID-19 pandemic but now it is now slowly starting to come back. Melanie Veilleux, the manager of Hearst Air that operates remote fishing camps, at Brunswick Lake Lodge says they’ve definitely had to roll with the changes that have taken place.

“You really just had to go day by day and week by week so it definitely changed a lot for us having a lot of American guests as well and then not being able to come,” she said. “We have had to manage that and really concentrate on our Canadian market. So that was a big change as well.”

She adds that the recent announcement by the province for $100 million in funding to help the tourism industry is welcome good news.

“At least other than communicating what it was that we needed for help,” she said. “So the new announcement that just came out I think is very reflective of what the industry said they needed. I’m anxious to see how that rolls out. “

Veilleux says since the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions they’ve noticed a bump in business and have concentrated more on the Canadian market. She adds that the guests wear masks when flying in and choose their own groups to stay with. Brunswick Lake Lodge is located between Kapuskasing and Hearst.

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