Let’s Talk Tourism, NWT: Listening to the North

Let’s Talk Tourism, NWT: Listening to the North

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November 28, 2019

As the GNWT gears up to develop the territory’s next five year tourism strategy, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment kicked off a cross-territory listening tour on how to make the next five years of tourism even better.

The tour began with a trip North up the valley – stopping in Norman Wells and Inuvik to hear from tourism industry participants and members of the public interested in the industry as an economic driver.

All community visits include two sessions: one for those involved in the tourism and hospitality industries, and one for the general public.

Norman Wells

All told, 11 people turned out to the sessions to have their say.

Among the attendees were artists, tourism and hospitality businesses, and local economic development advocates from public and Indigenous governments.

Signature topics included infrastructure, product development, and environmental protection.


24 folks from the home of Canada’s Arctic Ocean tourism showed up to share their thoughts on the future of tourism in the NWT.

It was a solid cross-section of people who have worked hard to capitalize on new visitors making their way North since the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway finished up – Indigenous governments, local businesses, artists, local government, and proud community members.

They brought up things like incorporating their pride in the region’s culture into future plans, and further expanding tourism infrastructure to encourage even more new visitors.

Next up…

This week, the team heads South to hear from Hay River and Fort Smith on November 26 and 27 respectively. There’s little doubt the homes of the territory’s main transportation hub and the world-class rapids of the Slave River will have a lot to say.

Check out our key dates to find a community visit near you. Can’t make it to one? We’ve started a community of tourism-interested NWT’ers online to collect even more input. Click here to participate in our discussion forums, virtual idea board, and short survey.