Week of May 28, 2018
The long weekend has passed, the warm weather has arrived, and the tourism season has officially started in Northwestern Ontario. Tourism is an important economic driver, supporting over 1.8 million jobs in communities across the country, including many of them right here at home. Each year, tourists from throughout Canada, the United States, and elsewhere, come to spend their time enjoying our region, which in turn supports many of our local businesses and helps to create hundreds of jobs.
Annually, Canada sets aside a week to recognize the importance of the tourism industry. To celebrate Canada’s annual tourism week, the federal government encourages everyone to post photos and videos of local tourism attractions and activities on social media using the hashtags #TourismMatters and #TourismWeek. Whether it’s your favourite local park, a unique small business, or a notable adventure, we want to highlight an industry that employs many Canadians and represents two percent of our GDP.
As I mentioned previously, a lot of jobs are directly or indirectly related as a result of the number of tourists that come visit us here in the North. Fishing guides, lodges, outfitters, and souvenir shops are just a few examples of the many businesses that benefit from their arrival.
This summer, there will also be lots of job opportunities for students. These jobs are invaluable. Not only do they provide work so students can spend their summers at home with their families, they offer real work experience and prepare them to enter the workforce.
It’s not just Northwestern Ontario experiencing growth in our tourism sector. According to Statistics Canada, 20.8 million international tourists visited the country last year. That is the highest number in Canadian history. In 2017, total tourism revenues from domestic and international travellers reached $97.4 billion, an increase of 6.3 per cent compared to 2016.
Tourism has always played a large role in Canada’s economy, directly or indirectly supporting one in 10 jobs. I fully support this government’s commitment in continuing to invest in promoting the beauty our country, and Northwestern Ontario, to the world.
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