BC Tourist Numbers Show Healthy Increase
Prince George, B.C. – The latest numbers from the BC Tourism Ministry show an 11.1% increase in tourist visits to the province in November 2015 over the same month in 2014.
The number of visitors from France increased by 27.1%, a spike credited in part to a new direct flight between Vancouver and Paris that runs from March to November each year. The number of U.S. visitors coming to B.C. in November was up by 12.5%. 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%
Year-to-date (January-November 2015) visitors are up 7.7% over the corresponding period in 2014. That means an additional 329,673 visitors to British Columbia.
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.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond says “the number of November visitors to British Columbia shows that we are a year-round tourism destination for international visitors. The positive trend we have seen all year has continued into fall 2015. Clearly the desire to visit British Columbia spans the season and has become a priority for many international visitors.”