Celebrating Tourism Week

Celebrate National Tourism Week (May 27 – June 1) by taking part in our contest!

 

We're starting early — The “NWT Host” contest starts May 14

Here’s what you need to do: Think about someone in the NWT who is a great Northern Host. Are they kind and helpful to travellers? Do they offer directions or give tips on the best things to see in their community?

Nominate that person for 1 of 10 possible prizes of $250 with one simple step:

  • Post on your Facebook and/or Twitter and tell us:
    • The person’s name
    • Why that person is a great NWT host
    • Use the hashtag #NWTHost

Here’s an example:

Contest Details:

  • The NWT Host campaign will run May 14 – June 1, 2018.
  • 10 prizes of $250 are available to be won. Two prizes will be awarded per region, provided there are eligible entries.
  • Two prizes will be drawn daily on May 25, 29, 30, 31 and June 1.
  • You may nominate as many people as you would like for the contest, however, you cannot nominate yourself.
  • Nominees must live in the NWT.

Want to Learn How to Become a Great Northern Host?

Sign up for one of our condensed 2-hour long NorthernMost Host Training Sessions. All participants will receive a business sign in Mandarin and Cantonese in recognition of 2018 as the year of China Canada Tourism!

  • May 28: YELLOWKNIFE, Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel. 
    10:00 - 12:00 noon (Workshop 1)
    1:15 - 3:15pm (Workshop 2) 
    Email Lorraine_Bezha@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 767-9212 ext. 63261
  • May 29: FORT PROVIDENCE, Snowshoe Inn Boardroom.
    6:00 - 9:00pm 
    Email Michelle_Keizer@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 872-0912.
  • May 29: FORT SIMPSON, Fort Simpson Territorial Park, Kitchen Shelter.
    2:00 - 4:00pm
    Email Stephanie_Hardisty@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 695-7516
  • May 29: YELLOWKNIFE, Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel. 
    10:00 - 12:00 noon (Workshop 1)
    1:15 - 3:15pm (Workshop 2) 
    Email Lorraine_Bezha@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 767-9212 ext. 63261 
  • May 29: NORMAN WELLS, Edward Hodgson Building (1A Raven Road) 
    7:00 - 9:00pm 
    Email Kacee_Hunter@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 587-7165
  • May 30: HAY RIVER, Hay River Reserve, Community Complex
    1:00 - 3:00pm 
    Email Michelle_Keizer@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 872-0912.
  • May 30: YELLOWKNIFE, Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel. 
    10:00 - 12:00 noon (Workshop 1)
    1:15 - 3:15pm (Workshop 2) 
    Email Lorraine_Bezha@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 767-9212 ext. 63261 
  • May 31: FORT SIMPSON, Fort Simpson Territorial Park, Kitchen Shelter
    6:00 - 8:00pm 
    Email Stephanie_Hardisty@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 695-7516
  • May 31: YELLOWKNIFE, Katimavik Room A, Explorer Hotel. 
    10:00 - 12:00 noon (Workshop 1)
    1:15 - 3:15pm (Workshop 2) 
    Email Lorraine_Bezha@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 767-9212 ext. 63261
  • June 1: YELLOWKNIFE, Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel.  
    10:00 - 12:00 noon (Workshop 1)
    1:15 - 3:15pm (Workshop 2) 
    Email Lorraine_Bezha@gov.nt.ca to register or call (867) 767-9212 ext. 63261
  • June 1: YELLOWKNIFE **FRENCH SESSION**, Bush Pilot Boardroom, Explorer Hotel.
    11:00 - 1:00pm 
    Email Shannon_Graf@gov.nt.ca to register to call (867) 767-9202 ext. 63038. 

Tourism in the NWT

 

Tourism is a growing industry in the Northwest Territories that provides direct and indirect benefits for northern businesses, including tourism operators, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, shops and much more.

How much of an impact does this industry have on the territory? Here’s a quick profile by the numbers: 

  • In 2016-17, tourism visitation and spending reached an all-time high in the Northwest Territories.
    • For the first time, over 100,000 visitors travelled to the NWT.
    • There was a new record: visitors spent $200 million in the NWT
    • Aurora viewers made up 27% of total visitors to the NWT and contributed close to $50 million to the NWT economy.
  • In 2017, NWT Parks also reached a record high with over 35,000 overnight visitors during the season.
  • In 2018, there were 710 reservations made on the first day of the NWT Parks online reservation system opened for business. That was a 17 per cent increase over first day reservations made last year – another new record for tourism!