I've heard it more times than enough this year that people were finding a shortage of staff," Don Cudmore, executive director of the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I., told CBC News Wednesday.
Some seasonal restaurants have had to close early, he said.
Cudmore said there is always a problem once university students head back to school, but it seems to be worse this year. TIAPEI is trying to come up with a strategy.
"We, as an organization, are looking into ways to basically cross staff, so other industries, other sectors, that are facing the opposite to us," said Cudmore.
"If they had some people that they could put into our sector and then we could help out in other areas, other times of the year. So we're looking at various things like that."
TIAPEI has for years been looking to attract older workers into seasonal jobs. In 2002 a study sponsored by the group identified seniors as an option.
The falling proportion of young on the Island's a problem, as is an EI system that may still encourage some potential workers not to work. Recruiting guest workers is an option, I suppose, although one I'm not sure that the Island's ready for. I have to agree with commenter Rex Mundi that the conditions of employment just aren't very attractive.
If you are going to insist on paying the overwhelming majority of tourism, service and hospitality employees minimum subsistence wages why are you surprised that you end up relying on students who are unavailable in the expanded 'shoulder season' as they return to school?