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Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie Dendys

2018 another record year for Yukon tourism

Tourism Yukon’s 2018 Year-End Report shows the territory’s tourism sector had another banner year in 2018,

By Whitehorse Star on June 11, 2019

Tourism Yukon’s 2018 Year-End Report shows the territory’s tourism sector had another banner year in 2018, setting new records for a number of key indicators, with further growth projected for 2019.

The Yukon government said Monday that 2018 highlights include:

• direct international border crossings into the Yukon surpassing 500,000 entries, representing 15 per cent growth from 2017;

• increases in overnight visitors and air arrivals at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport by five and six per cent, respectively; and

• retail sales rising almost five per cent to $837 million.

“In addition to 2018’s strong performance, the report forecasts continued growth for 2019 with projected increases across all key indicators,” said Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie Dendys.

“As the numbers from recent years show, the collective efforts of our tourism operators, industry partners and the Department of Tourism are paying off.

“Yukon’s appeal as a year-round world-class travel destination is growing and, with the release of our new Yukon Tourism Development Strategy, we are well-positioned to sustainably grow tourism for the benefit of all Yukoners,” Dendys added.

The Canadian Tourism Research Institute estimates that the Yukon saw 323,000 overnight visitors in 2018, an increase of 4.8 per cent over 2017. 

Last year saw 194,000 air passenger arrivals at Erik Neilson Whitehorse International Airport, representing six per cent growth over 2017. 

The Canadian Tourism Research Institute estimates that total visitor spending in Yukon reached $348 million in 2018, nearly eight per cent over 2017. 

In 2018, nearly 61,900 non-residents camped at one of the Yukon’s 41 government campgrounds – an increase of 11 per cent over 2017. 

Between May and September 2018, nearly 393,800 people went to one of the Yukon’s seven visitor information centres. 

Comments (9)

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Wilf Carter on Jun 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

I am not a liberal fan but I support good work when I see it.

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Wilf Carter on Jun 17, 2019 at 3:50 pm

I tried to help on tourism ideas on how to get tourist to stay in Yukon but no one will listen. Until we are open and inviting we will not grow like we can.

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Yukonmax on Jun 17, 2019 at 6:10 am

So, just imagine if we could get our service industry to come up to par with other jurisdictions that rely on tourism. Just imagine that. We, Yukoners, could also benefit from this and our tourism industry would flourish beyond our borders.
But as long as "Yukon Businesses Are Always Right" attitude remains, we will always have mining to fall back on.

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Be Heard on Jun 15, 2019 at 4:15 pm

I still haven’t seen or heard peep from my local MLA, Jeannie Dendys, since she won the last election. Oh for the good old days when our local MLA would actually walk the riding once a year knocking on doors to ask residents if they had any concerns, you know acting like he actually cared about area residents? Since the Liberals won it’s been nothing but the sound of crickets from Jeanie Dendys. What happened to the big Liberal ‘Be Heard’ slogan that was plastered all over the neighbourhood during the last campaign?

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Wilf on Jun 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Let's get the facts clear. Tourism is 5 to 6% of our economy. Mining is 68% of our private sector economy.

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Patti Eyre on Jun 13, 2019 at 11:23 am

Retail sales almost toppling a billion dollars, and this can happen year after year after year, renewable funding into our wonderful territory. How does that stack up to mining which is not renewable?

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Burt Hines on Jun 13, 2019 at 11:05 am

World class tourist destination ???

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Larry Liberal on Jun 12, 2019 at 6:55 am

Another Liberal success story. These just don't quit. Great work team.

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Wilf on Jun 12, 2019 at 3:55 am

Great job Jeanie

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