Iceberg shortage hits tourist town

Aug. 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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TWILLINGATE, Newfoundland, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Residents of a Canadian town billed as "The Iceberg Capital of the World" said this year's lack of icebergs is hurting tourism and other industries.

Locals in Twillingate, Newfoundland, which boasts a population of 3,000 and regularly sees the number boosted to 30,000 during the tourism-heavy summer months, said many tourists have become angry after traveling to the island town and finding it in the midst of an iceberg shortage, the National Post reported Tuesday.

The residents said the icebergs are also crucial to the vodka, gin and rum industries as well as bottled water marketed in the Middle East.

"The iceberg has his own track, and maybe its own mind as well," tour operator Cecil Stockley said. "(Tourists) say to me, 'I planned my whole vacation around it.' It certainly is frustrating."

Stockley said the area has experienced several iceberg droughts, most recently in 2006. He said the icebergs always return eventually.

"There will be icebergs," he said. "But not this year."

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