Following one of the busiest seasons on record in 2016, tourism operators on Prince Edward Island are preparing to roll out the welcome mat once again, CBC News reported..

Thousands of tourists are expected to flock to the island during the national Canada 150 celebrations this summer.

The occasion of Canada’s sesquicentennial is especially welcome news for local accommodations.

Many campgrounds, including Campbell’s Cove Campground and Cabins, are already booking far into the summer months.

Jennifer Mooney manages Campbell’s Cove with her family. She said the business decided it needed to hire additional staff this season in order to keep up with the demand.

“The service sites, the two-way and three-way sites are about 87% booked,” Mooney said. “Usually by this time of year, July and August is only 65% booked.”

Mooney added that while her campground typically sees its total number of guests increase by an average of 6% each year, she anticipates an especially busy summer ahead.

“I think that people are always excited about the tourism season, but I think that it does look very promising this year.” she said.

While Mooney said she thinks the Canada 150 celebrations are partly responsible for the increase in tourists making their reservations earlier, she also pointed out that her campground has recently taken to social media to advertise what it has to offer.

“We do seem to have more and more followers on social media every day,” Mooney said. “Last year about 3% of our check-ins said that they found us via Instagram.”

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