This paper aims to provide a backdrop to the Worldwide Hospitality Themes (WHATT) theme issue (volume 9, issue 4) on aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry of Canada.
Canadian hospitality and tourism educators and their counterparts in the industry have collaborated periodically to discuss the challenges they face and to find practical solutions. Outcomes of ten key initiatives in Canada during the past 15 years that brought leaders of the hospitality and tourism industry and academia together to create 50 academic papers are summarized.
This paper provides key information on Canada, its people, its economic conditions and the challenges of the five sectors of the tourism industry in Canada. By introducing the main challenges faced by each sector, this paper provides a foundation for the other articles that follow in this WHATT theme issue.
Canadian tourism is losing ground, tourism marketing budgets are significantly reducing and there is a labour shortage crisis which are identified as key challenges requiring urgent attention. In conclusion, the authors suggest practical solutions.
Readers who are interested in the Canadian hospitality and tourism industry will find this paper to be of interest.
Jayawardena, C.(., Sovani, A. and MacDonald, A. (2017), "State of the Canadian hospitality and tourism industry", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 381-390. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-05-2017-0024Download as .RIS
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