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Published on : Friday, June 24, 2016
In an exclusive report, the province stated that the number of international tourists has surpassed the million mark in the first few months of 2016.
“From January to April, 1,172,637 visitors came to our province resulting in an 18.2% increase over the same period last year,” the report included. “April also experienced exceptional growth as 328,006 visitors travelled to British Columbia. This is a 21% increase over April of 2015 (271,136 visitors same month last year).”
If all the months of April from the last 10 years are considered, this would be recorded as the highest number of travellers to British Columbia.
As per the statement, the largest incentive came from visitors from South Korea, Germany and Mexico primarily for increased air access and straight flights to Vancouver from these nations. The low Canadian dollar is another contributing factor..
“Each new daily international flight to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) creates between 150 and 200 new jobs at the airport, plus more jobs in B.C.’s hotels, tourism attractions and businesses,” the report stated.
This unprecedented growth in travelling in B.C. is also Aboriginal tourism.
The report added, “It is one of the fastest-growing tourism areas in the province. It experienced a doubling of revenue from $20 million to $42 million (2006-2012). In addition, there are more than 300 Aboriginal tourism businesses in British Columbia.”
This goes beyond the British Columbia Jobs Plan target of 300 native owned tourism businesses by 2017.
Shirley Bond, Jobs Minister adds that this kind of double digit increase is just a reminder of what can be expected throughout the year.
“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,” Bond adds. “The spring tourism figures provide us with a snapshot of what should shape up to be continued growth in tourism for the summer season.”