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Tourism Counts in Waterloo Region!

Tourism Counts in Waterloo Region!Tourism Counts in Waterloo Region!

Photo Credit: Shaquille De Peazer

Have you ever wondered how important Tourism is to Waterloo Region?

Tourism brings outside dollars into our region, which results in economic development and job creation.

DYK: One in 11 jobs in Canada relies on the Tourism industry!

Tourism is a people business. It brings people together in different places for an experience or an event. However during the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has largely been brought to a halt.

May 29 – June 4, 2022 is Tourism Week in Canada – a seven-day coast to coast to coast event to recognize Canada’s tourism economy, and the impact it has on every community across the country. This year’s theme is Travel Now: For Work, Life, and Play!

While tourism was the industry first hit, the hardest hit, and will be the last to recover from the pandemic, it remains vital to Canada – not only for its ability to generate economic activity, but also for showcasing Canada’s values as a nation: resilience, peace, tolerance, and inclusivity. These values are needed on the world stage now more than ever. Tourism counts!

How does tourism contribute to Waterloo Region?

  • Creates employment
  • Promotes cultural awareness and helps preserve local culture
  • Encourages volunteerism (festivals, events and tournaments)
  • Builds community pride in the local population
  • Increases product development, spending and infrastructure improvements which benefit the local population

Quick Facts about Tourism in Waterloo Region*

  • 4,800,000 annual visitors
  • $357,280,000 is spent annually by tourists to Waterloo Region. Local restaurants, retailers, accommodations, transportation, the arts, and recreation all benefit from the dollars spent here
  • Tourism results in over 1,200,000 overnight stays
  • 2,583 local tourism-related businesses employ 26,820 people**
  • Waterloo Region is a bronze certified sustainable tourism destination

Waterloo Region's Sustainable Tourism Certification - Bronze

*Statistics reflect 2016 figures which are the latest available from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport*

**Statistics from Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Tourism Business & Jobs Per Riding**

How will you #ExploreWR during #TourismWeek?