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September 21, 2021
The Canadian tourism sector as a whole is expected to take until 2024 or 2025 to rebound back to 2019 levels – but the Indigenous tourism industry may take a further four or five years.
A Conference Board of Canada report released this past week indicated there have been some signs of a tourism industry recovery in 2021, but still projects a 54-percent decline in direct GDP (gross domestic product) compared to levels before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Canada early last year.
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, or Itac, commissioned the report. It is the third economic assessment issued on Itac’s behalf by the Conference Board of Canada since 2018.
“We wanted to see how serious it has been because there is just no data for Indigenous tourism in the country unless we do it,” said Keith Henry, Itac’s president and chief executive officer.
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