Month: December 2020

Indigenous Tourism

Are You Okay? Keeping Tabs on Mental Health

The impact of COVID-19 on our mental health cannot be understated. What began as a sudden, unprecedented disruption has turned to months of uncertainty, stress, change, and isolation. We are not well equipped to handle long periods of crisis. Our fight-or-flight instinct helps us deal with imminent threats to our safety. When exposed to chronic …

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Staggering Tourism Employment Losses Far Exceed Overall Economy

Tourism employment decreased for the second month in a row in November, falling by 34,400 jobs, a 2.1% decrease from October. (Data is from the week of November 8 to 14.) Unlike last month, when employment losses were concentrated in Quebec, most provinces saw a loss of tourism employment in November. The greatest loss occurred …

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Participate in Our LGBT+ Safe Space Accreditation Pilot Program

Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), in collaboration with Tourism HR Canada and with thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, is developing a comprehensive LGBT+ Safe Space Accreditation Pilot Program aiming to help businesses, organizations and communities certify their status as LGBT+ friendly. Applications are currently open to participate in the LGBT+ Safe …

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Tourism Losing Workers Daily, Hampering Recovery

Although labour is not at the forefront of many agendas right now—where liquidity and financial relief must remain the priority since they are the lifeline keeping businesses open—the fact is that the workforce is a monumental and complex challenge that will soon take centre stage. Prior to the World Health Organization announcing the pandemic in …

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Cultivating Inclusive Destinations Across Canada

Safety, through the freedom to be oneself, is the key factor in Canadian LGBT+ travellers’ destination choice. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in the National LGBT+ Tourism Project—a set of inclusion workshops and market-ready seminars—to support the industry in fostering welcoming destinations across the country. On top of the workshops and seminars, …

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Feed Into the Tourism Future Skills Framework

Tourism HR Canada has now held over 50 sessions with industry professionals from across the country to review individual skills—or competencies—required across tourism, as part of the Future Skills Framework project. We now have a fully validated framework, marking an important milestone in the project. These individual competencies will be the ‘building blocks’ for a …

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Three Digital Destinations for Tourism Workers

By Joe Baker, Tourism HR Canada Board Member and OTEC Strategic Advisor Originally published in Canadian Lodging News People have always been the core of Canada’s hospitality and tourism industry. While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating economic effect on our businesses, it has had an equally profound impact on the lives of the …

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