Final Reminder: Nomination deadline for the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence is tomorrow

The Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence acknowledge exceptional contributions to the province’s tourism sector. These industry awards honour people, places, businesses, organizations and events that go above and beyond to provide great experiences and service. The nomination deadline is Friday, February 1.

The 30th annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala will be celebrated at TCU Place in Saskaoon on April 11, 2019 in conjunction with the HOST Saskatchewan Conference. Mark your calendar now!

Send your completed nomination forms, along with any supporting materials, such as images or video, to awards@tourismsask.com. Visit Tourism Saskatchewan's industry website to download nomination forms.

Please contact your local Tourism Saskatchewan Field Representative or Nancy Hubenig, Events Specialist at nancy.hubenig@tourismsask.com, if you have any questions about award categories or criteria.


Register now for the 2019 HOST Saskatchewan Conference

Mark your calendar to attend the 2019 HOST Saskatchewan Conference in Saskatoon at TCU Place on April 11. The one-day forum offers delegates engaging presentations and valuable networking opportunities. The 30th annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala will be celebrated that evening. Register now to secure your spot at the largest annual gathering of Saskatchewan’s tourism sector.

Rebecca Mackenzie, President and CE0 of the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA), will deliver the conference keynote address. Mackenzie has been involved in food tourism for more than 20 years and was instrumental in projects, such as the award-winning Taste Trail in Prince Edward County (ON) and the CTA’s Feast On® certification program. Her career enables her to explore Canada and the globe, connecting people across the agriculture and tourism industries to grow a “taste of place.”

In a dynamic presentation, Mackenzie will touch on the history of growing the food tourism industry in Ontario and share CTA accomplishments and successful partnerships. Industry will benefit from facts about current consumer demand for food tourism and developments taking place within the broader tourism industry.

The cost to register for the HOST Saskatchewan Conference is $179 (plus GST). This fee includes lunch, conference materials, and a ticket to the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala. To register, contact Nancy Hubenig at 306-787-9844 or nancy.hubenig@tourismsask.com.

Watch for upcoming Industry Updates that will provide additional information about the conference schedule and presenters. A detailed agenda will be posted on Industry.TourismSaskatchewan.com.

*A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown, across from TCU Place. The rate is $139 (two queens or one king), and can be booked by calling the hotel directly at 306-244-2311. The block is reserved under “Tourism Saskatchewan” and the group booking code is TOURSK.


2019 Saskatchewan Travel Guide now available

The 2019 Saskatchewan Travel Guide is now available to display and share with visitors. Order your free bulk quantities of the guide by submitting the Bulk Order Form to patti.peesker@tourismsask.com. The 2018-2019 Official Saskatchewan Road Map and 2019 Saskatchewan Fishing & Hunting Map are also available to order.

With engaging copy and stunning photography, the 2019 Saskatchewan Travel Guide features top travel in the south, central and north tourism areas of the province, as well as holiday highlights in Regina and Saskatoon. Each section has event information, winter content and feature articles that put the spotlight on the area’s key experiences – from hidden gems and family fun in Saskatchewan parks to game day festivities and top-notch dining.

To improve the utility of the guide for consumers, larger conceptual maps in each section include all of the regional, provincial and national parks, as well as major attractions throughout the area. An extensive index provides travellers with contact information for the businesses, attractions and events mentioned throughout the publication.


Save the Date for Saskatchewan Tourism Week – 
May 26-June 1, 2019

Saskatchewan Tourism Week will be celebrated provincewide from May 26 to June 1, 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.

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 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.

Watch for details about Saskatchewan Tourism Week on Industry.TourismSaskatchewan.com.