HOST Saskatchewan Conference is around the corner - register today!

Register today 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. Click here to view the full conference agenda.

Conference highlights include a keynote address from Rebecca Mackenzie, President and CEO of the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA), as well as a plenary session by William Bakker, Chief Strategist and Partner at Destination Think! Breakout session topics will range from Saskatchewan's Tourism Sentiment Index to panel presentations on Indigenous and culinary tourism.

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

*A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown, across from TCU Place, until March 15. 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. Please note that the special conference rate expires tomorrow.

Your Opinions Needed: Outlook and Labour Issues Survey

The Tourism Outlook and Labour Issues Survey from The Conference Board of Canada is seeking industry input. This survey is part of a tourism labour supply and demand study for Tourism HR Canada. The study looks at labour issues that have an impact on the competitiveness of Canadian tourism businesses.

The study will highlight the most significant issues facing tourism businesses today and into the future and quantify the degree to which labour issues will, and have already, impacted the sector. The survey will help identify issues that are holding the tourism sector back from reaching its true potential.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete:

Tourism Workplace Leadership Conference explores career opportunities

The 4th annual Tourism Workplace Leadership Conference will take place on June 12 in Saskatoon at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Saskatoon Downtown. The conference theme is Explore, Learn and Grow Your Career in Tourism.

The conference offers practical, progressive human resource strategies to strengthen business and enhance Saskatchewan’s tourism sector. Click here to view the full conference agenda.  Conference highlights include:

•    An inspiring keynote address by the STEC’s newest career influencer, who will share stories of turning career dreams into reality.

•    A panel discussion that will feature three Saskatchewan tourism professionals represented in the Canadian Traveller Top 40 Under 40 list for 2018. Panelists Stephanie Clovechok, Tourism Saskatoon; Kirk Morrison, Krugo Travel; and Jesse Tiefenbach, d3h Hotels, will share insights on tourism careers and the “secrets of success.”

•    A workshop titled Ignite the Leader Within, led by Rachelle Brockman, Principal of Eureka Experience. Brockman will coach delegates on discovering their leadership capabilities, staying “ignited” as a leader and inspiring others to take action.

•    An Educators’ Forum that will explore the opportunities and challenges of guiding youth into long-term, rewarding careers in tourism. This interactive session will examine the resources available to educators, students and institutions. 

The 26th annual Tourism Professional Recognition Dinner will be held in conjunction with the conference. The dinner honours new nationally certified tourism professionals and journeypersons, Employers of Choice and the Tourism Ambassador Award recipient.

To register for the Tourism Workplace Leadership Conference, contact Nancy Hubenig at 306-787-9844, The cost is $125 (plus GST) and includes one ticket to the Tourism Professional Recognition Dinner.

Expanded sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Darcy Acton, 306-933-7466,

Nominate a colleague for the Tourism Ambassador Award

Tourism Saskatchewan will be presenting the Tourism Ambassador Award at the 26th annual Tourism Professional Recognition Dinner on June 12 in Saskatoon. The award will honour an outstanding professional who has made exceptional contributions to tourism and hospitality in Saskatchewan. It recognizes commitment to professional development in the workplace and in the industry.

Tourism Ambassadors can be powerful mentors to new employees, make their community a household name or spend their lifetime dedicated to tourism.

Consider nominating colleagues who have demonstrated exemplary work in the Accommodation, Food and Beverage Services, Recreation and Entertainment, Transportation and Travel Services industries, or deserve recognition as Educator of the Year.

May 17 is the deadline to submit nominations. Click here to download the nomination form.

For information about the award or to submit a nomination, contact Lendee Wiebe at 306-933-5910 or 1-800-331-1529,