Work is ongoing to repair parts of the Ceredigion coastal path damaged by recent storms.
But this week's Cabinet meeting was warned that some sections will not be opened before Easter.
Cabinet member Cllr Alun Williams told the meeting that the path was an essential tourism attraction for Ceredigion and Wales.
"The best thing about the path is that it disperses wealth throughout its length," he said.
Director Huw Morgan said: "We are working as much as we can but there are sections that are not going to be open quickly."
Parts of the path will be reinstated away from the original route.
Cllr Elizabeth Evans said: "The coastal path is very important to the economy of Ceredigion and there will be a significant loss if we miss the trade at Easter."
Cllr Williams said: "The message we want to get out to the public is that Ceredigion is very much open for business."