The Call of the Yukon
Enlarge image From left to right: Hon. Jeanie Dendys, Minister of Tourism and Culture; Consul General Josef Beck; Hon. Sandy Silver, Premier (© Josef Beck) Last year more than 10 300 German tourists visited the Yukon, a territory 1.4 times the size of Germany with only 37 000 inhabitants. Drawing them to the Yukon is the beauty of its nature, the wide open space, adventure, active tourism and some romantic perception of the biggest Gold Rush (Klondike from 1896 to 1899) in history. Some come back to live in the Yukon as Consul General Josef Beck could witness first hand in a meeting with Germans living in the Yukon. Enlarge image Dredge No. 4 on Bonanza Creek is the largest wooden hull, bucket-line dredge in North America. (© Josef Beck) Germany and German speaking Europe is besides the US and Canada Yukon’s only primary tourism market and contributes about 20% of revenues from tourism. After mining tourism is the most important economic sector. The weekly Condor direct flight from Frankfurt to Whitehorse in summer (May to September) is of crucial importance for Yukon’s overseas tourism.
German Consul General Josef Beck visited the Yukon to participate in a briefing of the Yukon government for the Consular Corps and for a bilateral meeting with Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and the Minister of Tourism Jeanie Dendys. Premier Silver underlined his great interest in an extension of the Condor flight connection and further increasing numbers of German tourist who are very welcome in the Yukon. Yukon intends to be present at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 when Canada will be the partner country. Enlarge image Claim 33 Goldpanning in the heart of the Klondike gold fields! You receive instruction on panning technique, then find your gold. Gold is guaranteed! Consul General Beck can confirm this. (© Josef Beck)