With the recent influx of tourism in Tuktoyaktuk and the new Inuvik-Tuk Highway, The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is trying to encourage residents to develop new businesses.
The ITI department has already hosted two workshops in the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk , teaching residents how to create a business in the tourism industry and develop hospitality skills.
Minerva Ward, the Tourism and Development Officer- Beaufort Delta at the ITI says attendees also learned about the services and funding that is available.
Lots of different programs which apply to different things and different criteria with different amounts. So, there is funds available for [those in] the communities to set up tourism infrastructure and for individual business wanting to set up, and for businesses that are already in existence to diversify their products and to market.
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Ward says, the Department of ITI plans to take the workshops to different communities across the North.
The next workshop will be hosted in Aklavik. A date has not been set.