Published on : Friday, January 27, 2017
First 11 months of the year 2016 witnessed over 5.1 million international tourists in British Columbia which is tantamount to 12.2% increase than 2015. The latest data from Statistics Canada show that B.C. experienced more than 5,143,414 international visitors from January till November 2016.
To quote Marsha Walden, CEO Destination British Columbia, “Increased air capacity and access from our major international airports supports tourism growth in B.C. For the Australian market, a 121.1% increase in air capacity (in November 2016 over November 2015) aided in a 59.9% growth of visitation this November over last year.
In the Mexican market, a new daily flight from Mexico City to Vancouver, launched in December 2015, supported an increase of 31.2% year-to-date (January to November 2016). As YVR launches their master plan for 2037, we look forward to a future where the world has greater access to British Columbia.”
Other than British Columbia, countries like Australia witnessed up to 59.5% increase, Mexico with 34.8%, France 19.7%, Japan 13%, and United States with 12.1% and India with 8.1% followed by China 3.9%, respectively. To quote Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labor, “Tourism is a key economic driver in B.C. and the latest numbers show that more than five million international visitors selected British Columbia as their destination of choice last year. This data shows the impact that our tourism industry has on our economy, creating jobs and helping to keep B.C. diverse, strong and growing.”