Next big tourism events will be in 2015, Pat Fiacco says

Pat Fiacco, the head of Tourism Saskatchewan, says the current year was so busy with major events that volunteers and sponsors need a breather in 2014.
Pat Fiacco, CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan, said volunteers and sponsors need a break from very large events because 2013 was very busy. (CBC )

Pat Fiacco, the head of Tourism Saskatchewan, says the current year was so busy with major events that volunteers and sponsors need a breather in 2014.

During a conference Monday, it was noted that Saskatchewan hosted the Juno Awards, the Memorial Cup and the Grey Cup in 2013.

"We just came off a very, very big year," Fiacco said. "Give us a break. Let's continue to have events, but don't worry about the big one right now. Let's really get geared up for 2015."

There is a major event slated for Regina, in 2014: the North American Indigenous Games are set for July 20 to 27.

Regina will host athletes and teams from 26 regions in North America's Indigenous communities. They will compete in 15 different sports. The theme of the games is "Raising the Bar". Games organizers are hoping 3,500 will help out in the lead up to the games and during the games as volunteers.

Fiacco also said the province will remain open to other possibilities, for 2014, if any should arise.

"If, by chance, an organization comes forward with a marquee event that we're going to look at, obviously we have a category for that," he said. "And we have funding available in case that happens."

Then, in 2015, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling event will be in Moose Jaw.

With files from CBC's Adam Hunter

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