If you’re trying not to break the bank, perhaps the best place to visit this March break is right in your own backyard.
CEO of Tourism Prince George, Erica Hummel says with the Canadian dollar sitting at 75 cents to its U.S counterpart, more and more Canadians are opting to stay home, while more Americans come up for a visit.
“In the summer months we’re going to be expecting quite an uplift in American travelers. Last year, similarly we had about a 10 or 11 per cent increase over the previous year and this year we’re hoping for double digit increases.”
Travel from B.C to the U.S. decreased 21 per cent in 2015 compared with the year before.
General Manager of the Prince George Ramada, Heather Oland, says she’s noticing the spike in tourism.
“Those are tours that may come from the United States, they may come from Europe, they may come and book some days in Prince George and they visit Prince George and then they go out into the region, so we are seeing some early pick-up in that regard.”
Tourism contributed just over $7 billion in gross domestic product for the province of BC in 2014.
With forecasts for a strong goods and service industry, even more Canadians may be inclined to move here.