Northwest Territories – Help for tourism | Polarjournal

UPDATE: Katrina Nokleby, the Minister for Infrastructure, Industry, Tourism and Investment in Canada’s Northwest Territories, has been removed from her post and will face a vote of confidence in parliament. The minister has already been stripped of her trust by the territory’s prime minister, Caroline Cochrane, without giving reasons, CBC News reports. According to the report, “intense criticism from indigenous governments and tourism operators” contributed to the Prime Minister’s decision.

Katrina Nokleby, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Investment. (Photo: KATERINANOKLEBY.com)

The N.W.T. Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has worked with the Canadian Northern Economic DevelopmentAgency CanNor launched a funding programme. The aim is to help the tourism industry in the Northwest Territories recover from the effects of COVID-19.

The Northwest Territories (red) are an area in Canada, along with Yukon and Nunavut. These three territories, which make up the north of the state of Canada, are directly subordinated to the Canadian federal government, unlike the provinces in the south. The capital of the Northwest Territories is Yellowknife. (Photo: Heiner Kubny/Google) These three territories, which make up the north of the state of Canada, are directly subordinated to the Canadian federal government, unlike the provinces in the south. The capital of the Northwest Territories is Yellowknife. (Photo: Heiner Kubny/Google)

The ITI regional offices will accept applications for the GRIT (Growth and Recovery) fund. ITI and CanNoreach bring in USD 750,000. This is a one-off USD 1.5 million programme offered equally by ITI and CanNor. ITI will oversee the program on behalf of both organizations.

The aim of the GRIT Fund is to address the impact of COVID-19 on tourism companies by promoting product development and marketing, thereby contributing to a reduction in operating costs. In this way, tourism companies can be prepared to offer even greater services as travel restrictions eased and visitors return. Tourism companies must raise 10 percent equity and consider N.W.T suppliers to boost the local economy. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2021. In this way, tourism companies can be prepared to offer even greater services as travel restrictions eased and visitors return. Tourism companies must raise 10 percent equity and consider N.W.T suppliers to boost the local economy. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2021.

The Northwest Territories are known for spectacular Northern Lights. (Photo: Northwest Territories Tourism) (Photo: Northwest Territories Tourism)

Eligible companies include those that “earn a significant part of their income from tourism.” These include: “Tourism services, tourist activities, accommodation, restaurants and assistance for visitors travelling”. These include: “Tourism services, tourist activities, accommodation, restaurants and assistance for visitors travelling”.

Up to USD 75,000 per applicant is available for the development of new tourism products and innovations; up to 10,000 dollars per applicant are available for local marketing; and up to 5,000 dollars per applicant are available for certain operating and maintenance costs related to tourism companies.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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