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Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017
British Columbia Tourism is now seeing it’s slow down due to the wildfires. The wildfires deeply affected the tourism sector of this region and now the tourism officials are starting to research on the impact of the devastating wildfires in British Columbia, but the opinions and the results are giving mixed feedback in travel sector.
Maya Lange of Destination British Columbia, the Tourism planning and marketing corporation, said that the businesses outside the fire zone have complained the cancellations. The tourists are cancelling the accommodations also which are far from the wildfires affecting zones of British Columbia.
Unfortunately some of the regions and communities of BC that may be hundreds of kilometres away from the impacted areas have reported cancellations from tourists across Canada, the U.S. and overseas because the information they are receiving leads them to believe that British Columbia is burning.
Maya Lange also said that the slowdown in tourism sector has been untrustworthy and the they are now eager to promote this place to allure the tourists, to cope the losses from the wildfires.
The tour operators outside the impacted zones do not suffer due to a lack of understanding as to where the fires are or an assumption that it is too dangerous to travel in B.C.
Destinations BC is now busy to inform the potential and current visitors about the areas of the province which are impacted by wildfires.
Destination BC plans to boost its tourism marketing for areas that have been affected by the fires once the regions are safe to travel to in an effort to hasten economic recovery.
There are about 150 fires burning zones in the province, out of which 22 started the lightning.
BC Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said that this wildfire is a temporary issue, as soon as the rainfall will begin, the wildfires will stop.
The low pressure system is expected to bring the cooler temperatures and a chance of rain, while inflow winds from the ocean will help clear smoke hanging over the south coast.
He also added that the changing in the weather could also bring winds and lightning that may hinder to ease the situation. The passengers are requested to follow the open fire and the off road vehicle restrictions.
The wildfire service at British Columbia says that 40 per cent of fires are caused by humans and preventing those helps direct more resources toward naturally-occurring lightning caused fires.