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Consultations begin on strengthening tourism and travelers’ safety

22 September 2015 

News Release 

Consultations begin on strengthening tourism and travelers’ safety 

IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 22, 2015) – The Government of Nunavut is holding public consultations across the territory to gain valuable input on how to strengthen the Travel and Tourism Act (TTA). The aim is to provide clearer standards and guidelines for quality services and travelers’ safety.

“Tourism is of great importance for Nunavut, and we want Nunavummiut to help shape and enhance how the industry moves forward,” said Economic Development and Transportation Minister Monica Ell. “We want Nunavummiut to share their ideas for the new Travel and Tourism Act to make our land a better place for everyone involved in this sector. We want the tourism industry to provide greater economic opportunities to communities while ensuring quality service for visitors.”

The review is also being conducted to reduce barriers for tourism growth, to help keep travelers safe, and to ensure that tourism creates business opportunities and other benefits for Nunavummiut.

The TTA provides rules and guidelines for the tourism industry including, but not limited to:

  • tour operators like outfitters and guides
  • accommodations like hotels, bed and breakfasts, and remote lodges
  • cruise ship visits and other marine tourism

Community and stakeholder input is being gathered so those involved in tourism have a say in how the law will change. At the public meetings, participants can find out why changes are needed, what is being proposed and provide their thoughts about how the changes will affect various parts of the sector, Nunavummiut and communities.

Public meetings are scheduled for:

Date Community Location

September 22–23

Iqaluit

September 22 – Nunavut Trade Show 
September 23 – Hotel Arctic Caribou Room

September 25 Pangnirtung Hamlet Office
September 28-29 Rankin Inlet

Atuqtuarvik Corporation Board Room

September 30 Naujaat Community Centre
October 5 Pond Inlet Community Centre
October 15 Cambridge Bay Community Centre
October 16 Gjoa Haven Community Centre

 The goal is to introduce the new TTA in the legislative assembly in early 2016.

To fill out a survey or to get involved in the consultation, visit www.nunavuttta.ca or write to info@NunavutTTA.ca.

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Media Contact: 

Matthew Illaszewicz 
Manager, Communications 
Economic Development and Transportation 
867-975-7818 
millaszewicz@gov.nu.ca