Tourism Week highlights the importance of the industry that employs 1 in 10 Canadians
In 2019, Calgary welcomed more than 7.3 million travellers who contributed an estimated $2.5 billion in visitor spending to the local economy
May 22, 2020 –Tourism Week in Canada has a different feel in 2020, as many tourism-related businesses have been deeply impacted by the effects of COVID-19. This year, Tourism Calgary will mark the week of May 25 to 29 by celebrating the businesses and people of the vital industry that employs 1 in 10 working Canadians and contributed over $2.5 billion to Calgary’s economy in 2019.
“The tourism industry was one of the first hit, certainly one of the hardest hit and one that will have a long road to recovery from COVID-19,” says Cindy Ady, CEO, Tourism Calgary. “That said, we are a strong, resilient and innovative industry with passionate people who care about our community and economy. I know that tourism in Calgary and the Bow Valley Corridor will see a resurgence, when it’s safe for us to welcome visitors again.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Tourism Calgary has worked with the industry, all orders of government, stakeholders and strategic partners to support tourism-related businesses. Tourism Calgary has developed a strategic framework to support the local industry’s recovery, including resources for businesses, and for Calgarians to know which businesses and attractions are re-opening.
To acknowledge Tourism Week, Calgary’s attractions, landmarks and hotels will be lit Monday, May 25. Participating partners include: Arts Commons, Calgary Tower, First Street (Victoria Park), Fort Calgary, Glenbow, Heritage Park Historical Village, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Reconciliation Bridge, TELUS Spark Science Centre, Olympic Plaza, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Contemporary Calgary, Hyatt Regency, Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South, Calgary Marriott Downtown, Executive Residency by Best Western City View North, Wingate by Wyndham Calgary South, Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown, Fairmont Palliser, the Westin Calgary, Regency Suites Hotel, Hyatt Place Calgary Airport, Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District, Courtyard by Marriott Calgary Airport, Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Airport, Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary South and Carriage House Inn.
Tourism Calgary has also partnered with Dave Kelly Live’s In the Neighbourhood virtual broadcasts from May 25 - 29 to celebrate the people who work so hard in our industry.
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