Cape Breton named 'island paradise'
Cape Breton named an 'island paradise' by online travel publisher
02 February 2008
By Nancy King - The Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY - In an online feature, one of the world's leading publishers of English language travel and tourism information has identified Cape Breton as one of seven international island paradises.
The feature by Fodor's notes they are, "instinctively drawn to these places because they provide the perfect antidote to the hectic pace of modern life."
The section on Cape Breton notes the island's reputation "rests on simple pleasures and genuine old-school hospitality," and also makes note of its spectacular scenery, pointing to the Cabot Trail in particular. It also makes reference to Canada's only single-malt whiskey distillery, the Glenora Distillery, the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, and the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish.
Other islands listed include Quilalea Island, Mozambique; Bequia, Grenadines; Cham Island, Vietnam; Fernando de Noronha, Brazil; Isla Vieques, Puerto Rico; and Panama's Pacific Islands.
"It keeps Cape Breton Island top of mind for international travellers," said Mark Sajatovich, marketing manager with the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
It's particularly timely, with the large number of attractions planned in Cape Breton this year, such as the H.O.G. rally, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft and the encampment planned at the fortress, he noted.
"The travel media market is one we are actively courting," Sajatovich said. "The designation that it's one of the paradise locations on earth shouldn't really surprise Cape Bretoners, but we're a little bit spoiled."
Destination Cape Breton, Parks Canada, the Department of Tourism and the island's tourism operators in general have worked hard to court this sort of attention, Sajatovich noted, and "we've slowly seen an ascension in international rankings."
"I don't think there is any destination in Canada that has the (same) track record in notoriety in these types of rankings," he said.