Let’s Talk Tourism, NWT: Touring the South Slave

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December 3, 2019

As the GNWT gears up to develop the territory’s next five year tourism strategy, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is touring the territory and listening to ideas to continue the territory’s tourism winning streak.

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

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

Part two of the tour hit the South Slave, where events in Hay River and Fort Smith – the territory’s gateways to Alberta – invited residents to have their say.

Here’s a recap.

Hay River

24 people attended the sessions.

It was a highly-engaged crowd interested in advocating for an enhanced role for the region in the territory’s tourism industry.

An Elder from the community was joined by licensed tour operators, hospitality businesses, representatives from governments both public and Indigenous, and interested residents from both Hay River and Enterprise.

Signature topics included Indigenous tourism, partnerships and information sharing, and realizing greater spin-offs from tourist activities.

Fort Smith

14 people joined the team at these sessions. As was also the case in Hay River, some individuals attended more than once!

The home of Wood Buffalo National Park attracted a group looking to work with the GNWT to tell a strong story about the area’s unique wonder over the next five years. Unsurprisingly, the use of parks in developing the tourism industry was also a hot topic.

In addition to residents, attendees included Parks Canada, tourism operators, hospitality businesses, and municipal government representatives.  

Next up…

It’s a marathon week for the team. December 3-5, they head to Fort Simpson, Yellowknife, and Dettah for sessions. Stay tuned for more updates from the road.

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.