Exploring opportunities that can help Canada’s tourism industry to thrive will be Wild Rose MP Blake Richards’ focus as the newly-appointed Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus. The caucus has a mandate to support and promote tourism – a $74 billion sector of Canada’s economy that employs more than 617,000 people across the country. Richards was congratulated by the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, and he had this reaction to the new role.

Richards says the challenges tourism providers face in his constituency are the same issues stakeholders in the sector face across the country and he looks forward to working with others to help promote and grow the industry.