Published on : Monday, February 27, 2017
The tourism sector of British Columbia continues to witness a robust growth, as tourists tend to flood this region throughout the year. According to the provincial government, over 5.5 million tourists had arrived in the Canadian west coast in the year 2016 that marks a 12.3% increase from the same in 2015.
Shirley Bond who is the Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training said that the substantial growth of the tourism industry of British Columbia is one of the main drivers for an increased job creation in this area.
Bond said that the tourism sector contributes to nearly $15.7 billion in terms of revenue.
In addition, it supports as much as 19,000 tourism-related businesses. The tourism industry has also been offering premium tourism experiences to travellers who dream of exploring exciting locales. In fact, British Columbia is among the leading must-see travel destinations in the world.
The province is also highlighting a new funding model with an annual base of $50 million to permit the generation of more revenue for the different tourism agencies.
Marsha Walden, the CEO of Destination BC said that this would enable the serving of regional businesses and marketing partners. He feels that they are excited to find that the government is seriously engaged in this vital economic driver. He added that a few of the extraordinary experiences inherent to British Columbia are attracting the imagination of the globetrotters.
A few of the important contributing factors to the tourism figures comprise the low Canadian dollar and of course the increased air transportation.