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Tourism numbers up in August

 

The wildfires in B.C.’s interior this summer likely had an impact on local tourism, but overall tourism was up in the province in August.

The August numbers from Statistics Canada indicate a 2.3 per cent increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 18,499 more visitors arriving in B.C. Total year-to-date international overnight custom entries to B.C. are up 2.8 per cent, resulting in 113,473 more visitors.

Destination BC has been marketing the province globally to ensure travellers are making plans to visit B.C.

Notable increases for August (over August 2016) include:

  • Mexico ­up 18.3%
  • Germany ­ up 12.0%
  • Australia ­ up 9.8%
  • France ­ up 4.5%
  • United States  up 2.8%
  • China ­ up 2.6%
  • South Korea ­ up 2.0%
  • Japan ­ up 0.6%
  • Asia/Pacific ­ up 2.0%

Notable increases for year-to-date arrivals include:

  • Mexico ­ up 25.4%
  • Australia ­ up 23.0%
  • Germany ­ up 14.2%
  • China ­ up 6.9%
  • Japan ­ up 4.3%
  • United Kingdom ­ up 2.9%
  • India ­ up 1.8%
  • France ­ up 1.6%
  • United States ­ up 0.8%
  • South Korea ­ up 0.7%
  • Asia/Pacific ­ up 6.8%
  • Europe ­ up 3.5%

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