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The latest international visitor numbers show tourists were falling for B.C. in November 2015 with an 11.1% increase in visits over the same month in 2014.
One of the stand out statistics shows that visitors from France increased by 27.1% (over November 2014). That spike is credited in part to a new direct flight between Vancouver and Paris that runs from March to November each year. Also a solid 12.5% increase in U.S. visitors is having a positive impact on B.C.’s tourism industry. Other increases in key markets were also seen in:
- India up 20.8%
- Japan up 18.2%
- Mexico up 12.8%
- South Korea up 9.2%
- Europe up 4.1%
- China up 1.8%
- Asia/Pacific up 7.3%
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The year-to-date (January-November 2015) visitors are up 7.7% over the same timeframe the year before. This means an additional 329,673 visitors came to British Columbia so far in 2015.
The strong growth in the tourism sector can be linked to a number of factors, including more direct flights to B.C. and Destination B.C.’s new international marketing strategy.
As a key sector in the BC Jobs Plan, tourism is a key economic driver in the province. B.C.’s tourism sector is strong and growing amidst fierce global competition for tourists. In 2013, the tourism industry generated $13.9 billion in revenue with a direct contribution to B.C.’s gross domestic product of $7.3 billion.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Resources:
- Good news keeps coming for B.C. tourism
- Developing a Destination Framework Project for Downtown Sooke: Summary Report
- International tourists find B.C. simply irresistible, even in the fall
- Government suggests their branding has revitalized tourism in BC
- Summer international visitors show continued growth (includes two videos)
- Fall for a Sooke staycation
- Late Summer staycation in Sooke
- Lessons from Iceland for Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver Island and Sooke
- Destination British Columbia’s International Visitor Arrivals publications:http://ow.ly/PUrQH
- For tourism information and to plan your visit: www.hellobc.com/
- To view Destination British Columbia’s award-winning video, The Wild Within:www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNFrZNjs2ng&feature=youtu.be
- For more details on the B.C. Provincial Tourism Strategy, Gaining the Edge:http://www.jtst.gov.bc.ca/tourismstrategy/documents/GainingTheEdge_2015_2018.pdf
- To find out more about the BC Jobs Plan, visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/