British Columbia’s tourism industry ranks as one of the province’s largest economic sectors in terms of employment and revenue, with more than 290,000 jobs in the industry, and generating a $17.0 billion in visitor revenues in 2016.
Following is a snapshot of BC’s tourism workforce and projections for skilled tourism workers required over the next decade to support the industry’s growth:
- Based on industry growth patterns and retirement BC’s tourism industry will need 111,350 more workers in the next 10 years.
- There are approximately 291,000 jobs in the BC tourism industry with 133,100 jobs supported by visitor spending.
- Workers needed by 2027 by sector are as follows: 48,000 new workers for Food and Beverage Services; 14,750 new workers for Accommodation Services; 21,750 for Transportation and Travel Services; and 26,850 for Recreation and Entertainment.
- By 2027 the following positions will see the most demand: 14,800 Professional Cooks and Chefs; 11,500 Food Counter attendants & kitchen helpers; 8,900 Food & Beverage Servers; 7,900 Restaurant and Food Service Managers.
- In addition to generating revenue for British Columbian businesses and creating employment, the tourism industry returns approximately $1.1 Billion to the provincial treasury in the form of consumption taxes every year.
- Destination BC “The Value of Tourism in British Columbia”, 2016
- BC Labour Market Outlook, 2017 Edition
- BC Statistics