The Tourism Business In Canada
Just like many other countries, Canada also relies on tourism to help boost its economy. It has therefore created a favorable business environment to help uphold tourism. This, it effectuates by encouraging the creation of several informational websites that are obligated to offer relevant information as well as free advice to people aspiring to create their tourism businesses as well as travel the country of Canada.
Typically, tourism in Canada is regarded as a “sector”. This is subsequently divided into five various groups referred to as the “industry groups”.
These industry groups include Transportation, Travel Services, Food and Beverage Services, Accommodation and Recreation and Entertainment. They feature a wide selection of jobs that coherently coordinate to make the country’s tourism industry a success.
The size of Canada’s tourism business sector can be described in various ways as the employers in this sector manifest in all sizes including very small, small, medium and large.
Usually, a very small tourism business comprises of employees ranging in number from 1 to 4 while a small tourism business comprises of employees ranging in number from 5 to 20. On the other hand, a medium tourism business comprises of employees ranging in number from 20 to 99 while a large tourism business comprises of employees numbering above 100.
According to a publication in the Library of Parliament Research, Canada receives approximately 16 million visitors, who spend about $16 billion. It has also been discovered that visitors from emerging markets such as South America and Asia spend more time and money during their visit in Canada as compared to those from the traditional tourism markets of Canada such as the U.S and Western Europe.
Surprisingly, a majority of employers in Canada’s tourism sector are small businesses. They constitute 79% of the population of tourism employers. On the other hand, the medium size tourism sector employers constitute about 19% of the entire population of tourism employers.
Canada’s different industry groups employ a varying number of employees. The transportation group comprises of 16% of the total number of employees employed in Canada’s tourism industry. The employees in this industry offer a variety of services including bus companies, airlines, ferry services, taxi companies, and cruise ships. A majority of employers in this industry are small businesses constituting approximately 84% as compared to the large businesses constituting 4% of the transportation industry. Almost similar to the transportation group is the travel group. This accommodates 3% of the total number of employees in Canada’s tourism industry. Its employers include wholesale tour companies, corporate offices and retail travel agencies.
The Food and Beverages Services group constitutes 46% of Canada’s tourism industry employees. It includes dining rooms, restaurants, hotels, fast food outlets, cafeterias, lounges, private clubs, cruise ships, convention centers, resorts and bars and nightclubs.