Research Finds Alberta's Crown Land Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates $2.3B in Trip-Related Expenditures
Thanks to the contributions of 19 motorized and non-motorized outdoor recreation groups, and input from Albertans across the province, TIAA's first-of a-kind study revealed the significant potential behind outdoor recreation as a powerful economic driver. The research found $376M was spent on outdoor equipment and accessories, with a contribution of $2.8B to the province's GDP. Read the study overview, the primary report or the technical report.
Report Unveiled Soon on Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation on Crown Lands
TIAA is working on the final details of a comprehensive study exploring the economic contributions of outdoor recreation on crown lands. The study, led by TIAA and informed through the expertise of 19 outdoor recreation user groups representing motorized and non-motorized activities, seeks to draw the government's attention to the immense opportunities available to further develop Alberta's outdoor recreation economy through the strategic alignment of policy and investment. The study will be released early September.
TIABC and TIAA Present to Conservative Party of Canada
On April 7, TIAA presented its thoughts and recommendations to the Conservative Party of Canada's Tourism Caucus Recovery Committee on the rebound of the nation's visitor economy. Darren Reeder, TIAA's Board Advisor introduced recommendations through four strategic goals in partnership with Walt Judas of the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) including:
- ensuring the longevity of liquidity support measures until market forces resume
- articulating a predictive path to reopen the border to travel
- supporting Canada’s visitor economy to remain globally competitive through the introduction of a travel tax credit
- making sure that looming tourism labour shortages don’t drag on the sector’s economic recovery.
Joint Coalition Submission sent to Alberta Utilities Commission
At the end of March, TIAA participated in a broad coalition of industry associations to provide feedback on a recent Alberta Utilities Commission (“AUC”) decision that not only harms, but disenfranchises ratepayers. This decision came at a time when industry needs every opportunity to save on costs. The coalition identified a series of concerns and requested a meeting with Honourable Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity to work towards a resolution. Read the submission
Travel Alberta's Budget to Increase for Next Three Years
As part of its Budget 2021, the Government of Alberta announced on February 26 an increase of $22M for each of the next three years for Travel Alberta. Since its inception, TIAA has been calling for Travel Alberta's funding to be restored and is pleased to see this in the budget. View this year's Fiscal Plan here.
TIAA Recommends Expansion of Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to Account for Impacts on Tourism & Hospitality Sectors
In a January 25th letter issued to Premier Kenney & Minister Schweitzer, TIAA pressed the Alberta government to enhance the Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG) for tourism and hospitality businesses, specifically, by doubling the grant to $40,000 and increasing the eligibility criteria to 30% of a business’ pre-COVID-19 monthly revenue.
2020 Report to Members Released, Showing a Busy Year
(January 7, 2021) TIAA unveiled its "Growing Through the Crisis - 2020 Report to Members" highlighting key advocacy activities and thematic areas of stakeholder support in its dynamic first year of supporting Alberta's tourism sector. Read the 2020 Report to Members
Tourism Levy to be Retained by Accommodation Providers
On December 4, 2020 the Government of Alberta announced that hotels and other lodging providers will now be able to keep the tourism levy amounts collected between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. This extension of the original abatement period, which was to end Dec. 31, will free up to $10 million in additional cash flow for the sector to employ staff, maintain operations and continue providing valuable services through the winter season. TIAA has been working hard on this request on behalf of industry and is pleased with this announcement. See the full details here.
2020 TIAC Tourism Congress Alberta Breakout Session Hosted by TIAA
(November 18, 2020) TIAA's Board Chair, Alida Visbach hosted esteemed speakers from across the province's tourism industry to discuss insights and trends that shape the visitor economy in Alberta. More than 230 tourism partners welcomed the panelists who included:
- Martin Long - Parliamentary Secretary of Small Business and Tourism, Government of Alberta
- David Goldstein - CEO, Travel Alberta
- Darren Reeder, TIAA Board Advisor
Watch the recap of the session
Recommendations Shared to Tourism & Hospitality's Red Tape Panel to Support Sector's Recovery
(October 1, 2020) TIAA submitted a series of recommendations to the province's Tourism & Hospitality Red Tape Panel aimed at supporting the recovery and expansion of Alberta's tourism economy. Recommendations ranged from support tourism and outdoor recreation development to accelerating a tourism project approvals framework and more. Read the submission
"Travelling Forward Webinar" Registration Announced, in partnership with MLT Aikins LLP
(September 11, 2020) On November 2, 2020 MLT Aikins LLP and TIAA will bring the industry a unique webinar, offering timely topics hosted by respected industry experts. Program includes:
- Risk management considerations for business
- Bill 32 - changes to Alberta's labour and employment legislation
- Corporate restructuring: things to consider when facing liquidity challenges
- Pandemic immigration - tourism and work related immigration in the face of COVID-19
A Call to Action: Recommendations to Accelerate the Recovery, Sustainable Growth and Resilience of Alberta's Visitor Economy
(June 30, 2020) The report, which was developed under the guidance of eight senior tourism sector leaders and informed through the input of over 20 sector associations, is the most comprehensive, industry-led effort to-date to assist the government in its understanding of the opportunities (and challenges) facing the whole of the visitor economy. The actions that the industry is asking the government to take – and which have all the greater context following the release of yesterday’s Alberta Recovery Plan – provide a policy roadmap to quickly advance the recovery and expansion of the visitor economy. The report is organized into eight focus areas, with each of the 40 priority policy recommendations organized by implementation timeframe and by ministry(s) responsible.
Read the Call to Action Report
Alberta's Recovery Plan
(June 29, 2020) Alberta's Recovery Plan focuses on building infrastructure, diversifying the economy and getting Albertans back to work. Read the Recovery Plan
Opening Soon: Alberta's Relaunch Strategy
(April 30, 2020) Premier Kenney today unveiled the province's strategy to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, outlining the conditions for a sequenced reopening of the economy in three stages. Read the Relaunch Strategy
Destination Next: Futures Study 2019 A Strategic Road Map for the Next Generation of Global Destination Organizations