Alberta tourism witnesses record numbers as domestic tourists opt for stay-cations

Published on : Thursday, October 6, 2016

Alberta’s tourism industryThe economic hardships faced by Albertans has proved to be a boon to its local tourism industry. According to a release by Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda on the occasion of World Tourism Day, many attractions around the province are reporting strong, potentially record-breaking numbers.

Last week, in an interview, Miranda said that although the province continues to draw tourists from home and abroad, many Albertans are taking more stay-cations than before due to the economic hardships Wild Rose Country faces.

“Even in tough times, maybe even more, people need to have a distraction, need to let a bit of anxiety off and take care of their emotional well-being,” he said. Therefore, “people are staying closer to home and people are being much more cautious about how they are spending their money, given the economic times.”

In the release published Miranda said, “Occupancy rates in the resort communities of Banff, Lake Louise, Kananaskis, Canmore and Jasper for July were 93.1%, which is an increase over 2015. This is the highest rate since 2005, when Alberta
Culture and Tourism began tracking occupancy in these resort communities.”

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