Saskatchewan Tourism Industry
Ever wondered what impact tourism actually has on Saskatchewan? This section provides facts and figures about just this and answers some frequently asked questions. From stats about the number of visits recorded in the province, to the number of people employed by tourism in Saskatchewan, to the amount of money spent in the province because of tourism, this section has it covered.
Fast Facts about Saskatchewan’s Tourism Industry
• Tourism contributed $2.15 billion in total traveller expenditures to the provincial economy in 2014.
• Tourism is our province’s fourth largest export industry and export sales for 2014 were just over $603 million. This is the money spent in the province by non-resident visitors.
• Tourism is a significant revenue source for hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, museums, art galleries, parks, outfitters, nightclubs, casinos, sporting events, shopping malls, festivals, craft shops, golf courses, and many other endeavours. In 2014, there more than 12.5 million visits to and within Saskatchewan.
• There are more than 3,200 organizations offering over 4,200 attractions, events, and tourism-related businesses in the province.
• There were 64,700 tourism-related jobs in the province in August 2015. This is over 10 per cent of the current working population. Tourism offers employment to youth and residents of rural and northern communities. This is more than twice as many people as the mining and oil and gas sectors combined, and almost twice as many as the manufacturing sector.
• Seven out of 10 workers got their first job in the tourism industry.
• Tourism encourages entrepreneurship – more than 95 per cent of tourism and tourism-related businesses are small- or medium-sized companies and many are independently owned and operated.
• Tourism Saskatchewan is involved in a range of activities aimed at growing the industry, including marketing, development, education, visitor services, research, information technology, and training.
• The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC), the education and training branch of Tourism Saskatchewan, delivered training to just over 5,000 people in more than 220 communities across the province in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. This figure represents a record-number of participants and is a 25 per cent increase over the previous year.