Summer is finally upon us! As the ice breaks up and you engage in what we hope is a busy season we would like to share in your successes, so send us your pictures and stories so that we can share them with other members, potential visitors and social media followers.
In the middle part of July we will be sending out our Needs Assessment Survey. The purpose of this survey is to determine and address the needs, or “gaps” between current conditions and your desired conditions.
As an organization we are trying to be more responsive to our members. By taking the 5 minutes to do the online survey it will help us to adjust what we are doing to support our members.
The website continues to grow in unique visitors every month. From these visitors we are seeing leads, in the form of emails and phone calls going to members. In May our website generated approximately 2,400 leads. We are very excited to see this happening so soon after launching the new site!
Our website needs member content and we encourage you to send us your stories, suggestions and pictures. We encourage you to check your member profile as well as packages. These are part of our member benefits regardless of the nature of your tourism business.
The iconic purple and yellow tent is up, artists have started to arrive and the volunteers are ready. It is the annual Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit from June 29th – July 2. They have a great lineup of artists for the Canada Day long weekend.
You can stay up to date with the weekend’s activities by downloading their app from the Apple or Google Play stores, you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook or you can visit their website at www.alianait.ca.
Our AGM is booked for October 15-17, 2018 in Iqaluit. The call for nominations for the Board of Directors will open in August. This is a great way for you to add your voice in moving the tourism industry forward in Nunavut. We are always looking for members that are interested in contributing to the industry.
According to Stats Canada tourism spending by international visitors is growing. Spending increased by 1.5% in January-March 2018. Spending in the areas of air transport, accommodation and food and beverage contributed to this continued increased from the October-December 2017 trend.
We have partnered with HUB International to bring our members greatly reduced liability insurance options. Please email Tony to get copies of the paperwork you need to get a quote.
BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMS
The Government of Nunavut has several programs to help offset some business expenses.To find out if you qualify you can visit the website for more details.
Do you know someone that has a tourism related business? They should be members! Please let us know by email how we can speak with them and show them all of the benefits of membership.
If your employees require Wilderness First Aid or Small Vessel Operators Proficiency training, please contact Christopher Gerlach at the Government of Nunavut’s Tourism and Cultural Industries division for more information. He can be reached at CGerlach@gov.nu.ca or 1-867-975-7804.