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Facts about Tourism Jobs in British Columbia

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 Chef; 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

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