While the low dollar is continuing to have an impact on Canadian households, the Alberta government is pushing for more travel within the province.
Travel Alberta CEO Royce Chwinn says the word most people are using is “stay-cation”.
“Certainly, over the last few months we can see the economic changes happening and a lot of Canadians are staying home, so it’s a real opportunity to get back into our backyards, spend time with friends and family, invite those relatives that are near and far away and enjoy all of the things that this amazing province has to offer,” said Chwinn.
Speaking on the Alberta Morning News, Chwinn says Alberta cannot forget its own tourism industry.
“Tourism has run an $8 billion annual industry supporting about 27,000 jobs and 19,000 operators. Tourism is something that brings that statement to work called “Live, Work, and Play” because of all the amazing things that we can do.”
Travel Alberta vice president of Industry Development Shelley Graumus says Alberta has a lot to offer.
“There’s some unique ranches, hideaways, small towns and communities that offer different festivals and events that are great to get out and experience. There’s lots of things going on in the province right now — Northern Alberta and Grande Prairie they have the Grande Prairie Stompede going on right now, there’s a brand new exhibit that just opened up at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller,” said Graumus.
Graumus says a list of travel ideas and events are on the Travel Alberta website and she urges everyone to share any pictures or images from their Alberta travels with #ExploreAlberta. (djs)