Economy in Banff has ‘collapsed’ as COVID-19 wipes out tourism industry

Posted by Olivia Condon. Edmonton Journal

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In the nearly six weeks since declaring a state of local emergency and shuttering all non-essential businesses, the economy in Banff has been at a standstill.

Normally, tourists would be flocking in droves to the mountain destination — at this time last year, the town’s main concern was finding enough parking spots. Now, Banff streets are eerily quiet and RCMP checkstops occupy the two main entrances to town. “Our economy is basically 90 per cent based on tourism, directly and indirectly, so our town has ground to a halt. It’s a very serious… Click for full article.