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.

New Online Survey Results
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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. 

Your Questions & Answers

News and updates

Tuesday, August 15 2017

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.


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Tuesday, August 15 2017

We all have heard about the fate of the NFVA/Visitors Centre and the need for a new building to provide visitor services. We’ve received some questions about whether or not the Levy funds could be...

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Tuesday, July 18 2017

New survey results say Yellowknifers support an Accommodation Levy to pay for local tourism marketing

Almost two thirds (63.6%) of Yellowknifers answering a new online...

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