It's been a decent tourist season in the region. Kenora's Sunset Country Travel Association says that the return of American tourists has helped resort owners.

Sunset Country Executive Director, Gerry Cariou, spoke about the tourist season as a whole.

“It was good, but it wasn't as good as I expected. There were some periods over the summer where there was a lower occupancy rate at some of the local lodges. When you talk to some local retailers, the sales maybe weren't quite there this year, I'm not sure why,” he added.

Cariou noted that even though there were some lower occupancy rates in the region, there was still a high amount of American tourists in the area.

“I will say, that if you look at the border crossing statistics at the end of this season, I would guess that there would be a 5 to 7 per cent increase in traffic from the border,” he said.

Kenora ratepayers pay about 27 cents each for the services provided by the tourism marketing association. Its budget of $470,000 dwarves the city's tourism budget of up to $50,000.

Cariou has led the association for 19 of its 43 years.

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