Growing Tourism in Yellowknife

Tourism is a big deal – not just for hotels, restaurants and tour operators but for everyone who lives here. In fact tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Yellowknife economy. There are hundreds of local jobs in tourism and scores of local businesses that wouldn’t exist without tourists. To continue to grow tourism in NWT communities, the Government of the Northwest Territories is being asked to allow tax based towns and cities to collect a Levy on the daily cost of visitor accommodations.


Yellowknife Accommodation Levy

Let’s get behind a Yellowknife Accommodation Levy! 70,000 visitors came to our city in 2016 and spent over $90 million. To continue to grow tourism the City of Yellowknife is asking that tax-based NWT towns and cities be given the authority to collect an Accommodation Levy on short term accommodations.

Current Survey

Destination Marketing Organization (DMO)

Almost all large cities in Canada have created Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) to diversify and strengthen their economies. These lean marketing organizations fill in the gap between the marketing efforts of individual tour operators and hotels and the larger tourism organizations that brand and market a whole province or territory. 

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News and updates

Tuesday, May 23 2017

61% of the 111 Yellowknifers interviewed at the recent Chamber of Commerce Spring Trade Show at the Multiplex said that adding an Accommodation Levy would not reduce tourism, but some cautioned...

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Tuesday, May 16 2017

81% of Yellowknifers think that Yellowknife tourism will be “very important:” over the next five to ten years. An additional 17% said tourism will be somewhat important.

Sunday, May 14 2017

A team from Outcrop Communications was on hand for the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Spring Trade Show May 13 and 14 to talk with Yellowknifers about attracting more tourists to Yellowknife.