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Growing the Tourism Industry, One Entrepreneur at a Time

It’s no secret that tourism is thriving in Alberta right now. According to Alberta Culture and Toursim, there was a total of $8 billion in tourism visitor expenditures and 21.3 million arrivals and departures to the province in 2013

Considering the province has a goal to grow tourism revenues to $10.3 billion by 2020, there are major opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs in Alberta, whether operating within the tourism sector itself or simply benefiting from an influx of visitors to the province.

That’s great news for us at Futurpreneur Canada , because helping young aspiring business owners is at the heart of what we do. In the past 12 months, we helped launch 55 businesses in Alberta through our Start-Up Program. Start-Up offers entrepreneurs up to $45,000 in financing, along with two years of support from a hand-matched business mentor and access to free resources like our interactive Business Plan Writer.

Travel Alberta  and the Tourism Division of Alberta Culture and Tourism present current research, findings and updates on Alberta's tourism industry to support the effectiveness of future destination and experience marketing.

Other great resources for researching and understanding tourism trends include:

Internet research is another great tool to find current trends. A simple search can reveal trends that you may not have thought of. You never know where your next innovative idea will come from, and the key to staying current is knowing what experiences are being sought by tourists currently visiting your area.

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