AirBnB is something that has come up many times through comments received on the website and otherwise. Here’s an example of the type of questions we’ve been receiving on this issue.
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.
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.
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.