Tourism Saskatchewan

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Tourism a major contributor to Saskatchewan’s economy

• Tourism is big business in our province. In 2012, tourism contributed $2.12 billion in total travel expenditures to the provincial economy.  

• There were more than 12.5 million visits made to and within Saskatchewan in 2012.

• There are almost 4,000 attractions, events and tourism-related businesses in the province.

• Tourism provides full- and part-time employment to 55,600 citizens. 

• Seven out of 10 workers got their first job in the tourism industry. For youth and residents of northern and rural communities, the industry is a key source of employment.

• Tourism provides full- or part-time jobs to more than 57,300 Saskatchewan citizens – approximately 10% of the current working population - and offers employment opportunities to youth and residents of rural and northern communities. This is more than two times 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. For residents of northern and rural communities, the industry is a key source of employment.

• Tourism employs more than two times as many people as the mining and oil and gas sectors combined, and almost twice as many as the manufacturing sector.

• Tourism encourages entrepreneurship. More than 95% of tourism and tourism- related businesses are small- or medium-sized enterprises and many are independently owned and operated. 

• Tourism is a significant export industry in Saskatchewan. Visitors from outside of our borders spent $576.6 million in 2012. Travellers come from across Canada, North America, Europe and Asia to enjoy Saskatchewan’s abundant natural and cultural resources.

• 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 businesses.

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