Tourism Entrepreneurship Startup Seminar

Attend a seminar

The Tourism Entrepreneurship Startup Seminar (TESS) is a free, one-day seminar held in various municipalities across Alberta.

Please attend if you’re thinking about starting a tourism business or have just entered the tourism industry (less than 2 years).

The seminar provides essential information and resources for entering into the tourism industry. Some topics include:

  • seasonal demand
  • financing
  • marketing

You will also take home a workbook and experience an “expert café” of short meetings with tourism business specialists in finance, marketing and labour.

Entrepreneurial support

A range of business support services are available to encourage and grow entrepreneurship in Alberta’s tourism sector.

One-on-one coaching and support

Coaching and advice is available as you develop, enhance or expand your tourism product.

Contact us if you need to:

  • develop a business plan
  • access capital
  • navigate regulatory approvals
  • find statistics on Alberta’s tourism industry

Publications for tourism entrepreneurs

  • Tourism business startup workbook
    This workbook is for Alberta entrepreneurs considering joining the province's tourism industry:
    • explore opportunities in the tourism sector
    • understand what it takes to be a tourism entrepreneur
    • what you need to have ready prior to starting a tourism business
  • Tourism Business Planning Guide
    • A guide to assist tourism entrepreneurs in developing a business concept.
  • Tourism Development Guide
    • A guide for obtaining required government approvals and licenses.

Contact

To contact the Tourism Business Development:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-641-9326 (in Alberta)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number
Email: tourism.entrepreneurship@gov.ab.ca

Address:
6th Floor, Commerce Place
10155-102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L6