Travel Alberta is investing to expand the breadth of available tourism offerings across the province—with promising results.
According to funding recipients, 15 tourism businesses saw a total of $1,218,611 in direct revenue growth since receiving product development investment in 2021. While broader data collection is still underway, these strong early results show that Alberta’s tourism industry is on track with 2019 (pre-pandemic) levels.
Other results include:
- 99 construction jobs created across 20 projects
- 119 new long-term positions across 23 businesses
- 2,043 additional overnight stays across 8 accommodation businesses
“We know the importance of our visitor economy for Alberta’s overall economic growth,” says Martin Long, Parliamentary Secretary of Small Business and Tourism. “I am always amazed at the ingenuity and optimism of tourism-related businesses. It is encouraging to see our tourism industry rebounding from the past number of years and I look forward to their rapid growth as we evolve and strengthen our visitor economy.”
David Goldstein, CEO of Travel Alberta, says, “These results instill optimism for the future of our industry. Enhancing and developing visitor experiences, in all corners of the province, bolsters Alberta’s competitive advantage as we continue growing our visitor economy."
The Tourism Investment Program is Travel Alberta’s commitment to invest $15 million annually over three years (2021-2023) to support businesses and communities in all regions of the province. This includes a $3.25 million commitment over three years to support Indigenous Tourism Alberta.
Last year, Travel Alberta invested in 249 tourism projects across all programs.