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World Tourism Day 2022 Industry Toolkit
Date:Sep 22, 2022
Coordinated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Tourism Day (September 27, 2022) is celebrated internationally and provides an excellent opportunity to spotlight the value of our incredible industry. The global theme “Rethinking Tourism” aims to inspire the debate around rethinking tourism for development, including through education and jobs, and tourism’s impact on the planet and opportunities to grow more sustainably.
Partners are invited to use this toolkit to spread the word about World Tourism Day and the value of tourism and tourism development in Alberta. We have included key messages, Alberta tourism facts, suggested social media posts, and more.
Suggested messaging for Alberta:
Alberta’s economic recovery relies on the recovery of our province’s tourism businesses.
To stay competitive and realize our potential requires us to continually enhance and add to the diversity and breadth of experiences visitors can enjoy and places they can stay. Bolstering this supply for the long-term will ensure Alberta continues to have desirable travel experiences that meet the ever-changing needs of visitors.
Optimism is a key characteristic of Albertans. We have a nose to the grind, get things done, always forward attitude which has, and will continue, to guide our recovery efforts.
Together, we are creating the winning conditions to realize a prosperous visitor economy that benefits all Albertans.
Alberta Tourism Facts
Alberta Tourism: By the Numbers
Before the pandemic, tourism was a $10.1 billion industry and a key driver in our province – contributing billions to Alberta’s Gross Domestic Product, supporting about 24,000 tourism-related businesses and 82,000 jobs
Pent-up travel demand is showing positive signals for growth, with total searches for travel to Alberta exceeding 2019 levels in both 2020 and 2021
International travellers spend four times more than domestic travellers and the return of international visitors, particularly U.S. visitors over the coming year, will be critical to recovery. The further the journey, the longer the stay and higher the visitor spend. In 2019:
Visits from other Canadians had an average duration of 4.1 days with a $523 spend
Visits from the U.S. had an average duration of 5.2 days with $828 in spend
Visits from overseas had an average duration of 13.4 nights with $1,119 in spend
At this time, total tourism spending is expected to return to 2019 levels in 2024:
Alberta visitor spending is estimated to reach 2019 levels by 2021
Spending from the rest of Canada will recover by 2023
The U.S. spend is expected to recover by 2024
and spend from the overseas markets to recover by 2025
The Tourism Investment Program is Travel Alberta’s commitment to invest $15 million annually from 2021-2023 to support businesses and communities in all regions of the province
Suggested Social Media Posts
Partners are invited to use these suggested posts on your own social pages. We have included images for LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Before the pandemic, tourism was a $10.1 billion industry in Alberta. Tourism-related businesses are critical job creators and employers across Alberta. Alberta’s economic recovery relies on the tourism industry’s recovery. #WorldTourismDay #WTD2022
DYK? International travellers spend four times more than domestic travellers. The return of international visitors over the coming year, particularly U.S. visitors, will be critical to the recovery of Alberta’s visitor economy. #WorldTourismDay #WTD2022
Tourism development can offer responsible travel that preserves our unique nature and culture. #TeamAlberta is working together to develop desirable travel experiences that meet the ever-changing needs of visitors. #WorldTourismDay #WTD2022
Alberta is the only province in Canada with a provincial destination management organization, @TravelAlberta. #TeamAlberta is driving the growth of our province’s visitor economy through smart, strategic tourism development. #WorldTourismDay #WTD2022
Albertans have a mind of our own. We don’t colour between the lines. We pave our own path forward. A path not only to recovery, but to growth.
We are Canada’s wild side. We are Canada’s Alberta.
World Tourism Day is a global celebration of tourism, organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Visit UNWTO’s website for more ideas and resources about how you can get involved.