This year, tourism in B.C. is hoped to reach a record level

Published on : Wednesday, August 14, 2019

When it came time to book the summer vacation for his family, Vancouver was the top priority in Vincent Jongenelen’s list.

 

The family of five from the Netherlands was not dissatisfied. While enjoying in a recent whale watching tour, they witnessed five humpback whales in the waters just outside of Vancouver.

 

“It’s a nice mix of the beauty of nature, the mountains, the ocean, as well as a big city, a vibrant city,” he said after stepping off the boat on Granville Island.

 

The J family of ongenelen is among six million foreign tourists anticipated to visit B.C. in 2019, as per Destination B.C., which predicts a total of 23 million trips to or within the province.

 

In 2019, the number of tourists coming to B.C. is hoped to set a new record and will probably rise in the years to come, said Maya Lange, vice president of global marketing at Destination B.C. Majority of these visitors come from the United States, United Kingdom, China and Mexico.

 

“Around the world, British Columbia is known for its authentic wilderness and nature, our vibrant cities surrounded by nature, our incredible experiences people can have around the province,” Lange said.

 

“So I think it’s just really a desirable destination right now.”

 

Also, social media has boosted tourism, Lange said. Now, the hashtag #ExploreBC has been used by about five million times by local and international travelers to share photos and video of their adventures.

 

Some businesses are making marked differences to meet the demand of the major peak season crowds while trying to limit their impact on the environment.

 

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