May 2, 2019 Industry Update | Tourism Saskatchewan Industry Website

Start planning your Saskatchewan Tourism Week events

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 mark the occasion 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.

Contact your local Tourism Saskatchewan Field Representative to discuss your event(s) and submit your information by May 17 to be included in the provincewide events list:

Corrina Kapeller, East Central Office

Kevin Sawicki, Northern Office

Bob Kadis, Saskatoon Office

Watch for more details about Saskatchewan Tourism Week in the coming weeks on

Social Media Influencer Wanted to Showcase the People Behind the Vacation

The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) is looking for an experienced social media influencer who understands workplace culture. This six-month contract aims to highlight the career potential of tourism occupations and entrepreneurship.

The successful applicant will connect with tourism professionals across Saskatchewan, combining social media savvy and business acumen to showcase the dedicated, innovative and passionate people who work in tourism. The influencer will promote the people in Saskatchewan who make the tourism industry thrive by featuring successful and innovative entrepreneurs, managers and front-line workers.

Applications are accepted online until May 15.

For more information, including how to apply,
click here.

Professional Development Bursary Launched

The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) offers professional development bursaries for the tourism sector in Saskatchewan. Bursaries are available for all five industries that make up the sector — accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, transportation, and travel services. 

STEC will pay for applicable fees, up to $500 per participant, to cover the actual cost of emerit Professional or Specialist Certification and related training resources or tuition for tourism Apprenticeship Trades. Up to $5,000 is available for all approved bursaries each year. Applications are accepted from May 1-31, 2019.

Click here to find out more about the bursary program.

Reminder: Get your nominations in 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 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Saskatoon Downtown. The deadline for nominations is May 17.

Nominate an outstanding person who has made an exceptional contribution to tourism professional development. Tourism Ambassadors can be people who are powerful mentors to new employees, make their community a household name or spend their lifetime dedicated to tourism.

To find out more Information about the Tourism Ambassador Award and to download a nomination form, click here.