The secret is out, British Columbia is a beautiful place to live and explore. Now the rest of the world is catching on. The numbers are in and tourism has risen significantly in the last year.
The number of international visitors coming to BC in the first 8 months of 2015 is up over seven percent compared to the same period in 2014. Northern BC Tourism’s Clint Fraser says the numbers in Northern BC are as strong as the rest of the province.
“It’s really exciting to see that the numbers are up provincially. I’d say that for northern BC we can share the same insights. We know that when we look across our core sector, fishing, touring, heli skiing, we’ve reported fantastic results for this season so far.”
According the to province, tourism is a major economic drive in BC. There are over 19 thousand tourism related businesses in the province. In 2013 tourism accounted for 4 per cent of GDP.
The weak Canadian dollar is just one reason international visitors are picking Canada as their destination. Local economist Al Idiens believes the low dollar supports domestic tourism too.
“It means that more Canadians are spending money in Canada touring and more Americans and others are coming into Canada because of the favourable currency rate.”
The other reason international visitors and those from other provinces come and visit is for all the province has to offer.