Saskatchewan Tourism Week will be celebrated province-wide from May 27 to June 2, coinciding with Tourism Week in Canada. It is a time for tourism businesses, operators, attractions and destinations across the country to stand united and promote awareness about a dynamic industry that contributes significantly to the Canadian economy.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) stresses the significance of the industry on Canada’s economic and employment growth. “With $91.6 billion in total economic activity and 1.7 million jobs related to the sector, tourism is one of the few truly national industries that generates business in every region, province, territory, town and community,” TIAC stated.
Travel expenditures in Saskatchewan reached $2.37 billion in 2017, and there were approximately 13.6 million visits to and within the province that year. More than 67,000 Saskatchewan citizens are employed in tourism-related jobs.
Communities throughout Saskatchewan will celebrate Saskatchewan Tourism Week with events and festivities that encourage residents to discover some of the tourism resources in their own backyard and explore unique destinations and sites elsewhere in the province.
Start planning your Saskatchewan Tourism Week events today!
Please download and print the PDFs below for use with your Saskatchewan Tourism Week activities:
Canada's new tourism vision
Canada’s tourism sector truly is world-class. Every day, tour operators, retailers, hoteliers, restaurateurs—many of whom are small business owners—welcome thousands of tourists from around the world. In 2017, Canada extended a warm welcome to 20.8 million visitors from around the world—its best year ever!
Tourism is a major driver of Canada’s economy, bringing incredible opportunities to Canadian businesses. In every region of the country, including in rural and remote settings, tourism creates jobs and opportunities for Canada’s middle class. With its regionally diverse tourism offerings, including Indigenous and culinary experiences, Canada is poised to be a world leader in tourism.
And as tourism is Canada’s largest service export, worth 2% of our GDP, it clearly matters to Canadians. That is why one year ago, in May 2017, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, launched Canada’s New Tourism Vision. And in that year, the Government of Canada has made progress on the goals set out in the vision, thanks to ongoing collaboration throughout the federal government, as well as with Destination Canada, the provinces and territories, and the tourism sector.
Please click on the link below to access the first annual report on Canada’s Tourism Vision: