10 Aug, 2010
Saskatchewan’s tourism sector is continually growing and expanding. Ours is a dynamic industry with many opportunities for career advancement, professional development, and personal achievement.
Here we provide you with a snapshot of Saskatchewan’s tourism sector.
- Saskatchewan’s tourism sector employs about 57,000 people – with about 20,000 supported entirely by tourism.
- Travelers spent an estimated $1.634 billion in Saskatchewan in 2009, an increase of 2.9% over 2008.
- There were over 8.9 million same-day and overnight or longer visits made within the province in 2009, an increase of 5.5% over 2008. Saskatchewan residents accounted for most of these increases. Our residents made more than three million overnight or longer trips in the province last year, an increase of 9% over 2008.
- Saskatchewan also saw an increase of 13% in visits from the United States. It is believed that this increase was a result of the new direct flights from Chicago and Denver bringing in more visitors. United States entries by road continued to decline in 2009.
- There was a decrease in both visits and expenditures from Alberta in 2009 as the Alberta economy contracted for the first time in a number of years. Overnight or longer visits to Saskatchewan by Albertans decreased 6% and their expenditures decreased 28% from 2008 levels. The recession in 2009 had a negative impact on travel by Albertans.
- There was also a decrease in visits from Manitoba and other parts of Canada in 2009.