January Welcomed More Visitors to B.C.
Prince George, B.C. – The first month of 2017 saw increases in the numbers of some international travellers arriving in B.C..
Surprisingly, with all the publicity about disgruntled Americans in the wake of the Trump election, overnight stays in B.C. by Americans were down slightly ( 0.2%) in January, while the number of and same day visitors increased by just 0.6% .
The major increases in arrivals in B.C. came from Mexico which was up 37.4%, China increased by 55.8%, Australia up by 36.7%, there was a 21.5% increase in visitors arriving from the United Kingdom, a 19.1% boost in the number of folks coming from South Korea, and 17% more visitors from India.
Those increases are balanced off by decreases in visitors from a number of other countries compared to January of 2016.
- Germany down 18.8%
- Netherlands down 22.3%
- Austria down 30.%
- Switzerland down 11%
- France down 22.9%
- Italy down 10%
Overall, the latest numbers from Statistics Canada indicate there was a 9.2% increase in all arrivals in January over the same month a year ago. That translates to 23,427 more visitors arriving in B.C.