BC saw record-breaking numbers for tourism in April. The province saw more than a million visitors in the month of April. Here’s how some of the numbers break down:
* Germany up 33.4%
* China up 32.9%
* South Korea up 31.9%
* Mexico up 28%
* Australia up 26.4%
* U.S. up 22.1%
* Japan up 9.3%
* India up 6.8%
* United Kingdom up 0.7%
“These double digit increases show that our province is becoming a destination of choice year-round for international travelers,” says Tourism Minister Shirley Bond. “Whether visitors come to enjoy amazing outdoor activities, immersing themselves in an Aboriginal cultural experience, shopping or dining in our incredible restaurants these experiences have put B.C. on the travel radar for visitors world-wide. The spring tourism figures provide us with a snapshot of what should shape up to be continued growth in tourism for the summer season.”
Locally, there was also an increase, though to a lesser degree, from April of this year compared to the same month last year.Tourists from Europe were up 11%, while the number of Americans paying this region a visit increased by 12%. The biggest surprise is the number of visitors from our neighbours next door is up dramatically, by 130%.
“One of the biggest numbers is Albertans. They’re looking at us as potentially as a place to relocate because of the downturn in the economy, of course,” says Erica Hummel, the Executive Director for Tourism Prince George. “And also they’re deciding to have more of a Western Canadian stay-cation.”
However, looking at the first quarter results for 2016 compared to 2015, the numbers have dropped by six percent. Hummel attributes that to the fact the Canada Winter Games in 2015 contributed to inflated numbers.