British Columbia tourism faces slump due to increased wildfire

Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017

wildfireOf late, the tourism industry of British Columbia is going through setback as businesses point out increased cancellations and reduced traffic number because of the fear of wildfires.

Maya Lange of Destinations BC, the tourism planning and Marketing Corporation of the province explains on Wednesday that the first round survey results from businesses in the Kootenay-Rockies region discovered that 32 percent are expecting losses as a result of the fires.

“We are very concerned. Just looking at the volume of visitation and the volume of trips that are taken by British Columbian and Albertan residents alone … especially in the months of July and August, we think there will be a significant impact.” She said one business in the region alone reported it has lost $100,000 due to cancellations in July.

Not to forget that the Thompson-Okanagan region was one of the badly affected regions by wildfires. Lange also added by saying that 47 percent of the businesses of this region this summer have reported some king of disruption like cancellations or road closures.

Side by side, Barkerville Historic Town and Park, a provincially operated attraction, has also mentioned over 54 percent decline in tourist visits while comparing the figures from July 7th to August 21st 2017 to last year, which caused over 50 percent decline in revenue on the whole.

“If Barkerville is down, the surrounding privately owned businesses that provide accommodations, hospitality, food and other activities will also be down and those impacts will be much harder on those private entities.” Lange said.

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