Saskatchewan Tourism Week was celebrated provincewide from May 26 to June 1, coinciding with Tourism Week in Canada. It was an opportune 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.
Canada’s travel economy is valued at $97.4 billion, according to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Tourism is the nation’s fourth largest service export, representing $41.2 billion of Canada’s GDP in 2017. The industry employs 1.8 million Canadians.
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. As of August 2018, 63,800 Saskatchewan citizens were employed in tourism-related jobs.
Communities throughout Saskatchewan celebrated 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.
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