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Quick Facts about BC’s Tourism Industry

  1. British Columbia's tourism revenues reached $15.7 billion in 2015.
  2. There are approximately 127,700 jobs supported by visitor spending.
  3. British Columbia’s tourism industry is projected to create 101,000 new job openings by 2020 in a wide range of professions.
  4. British Columbia hosted 4.9 million overnight international visitors in 2015.
  5. The United States was British Columbia’s number one source of international visitors in 2015, bringing in over three million overnight visitors.
  6. In 2015, tourism was the fourth largest earner of export income in the provincial economy.
  7. Tourism accounted for over $7.4 billion of British Columbia's total GDP in 2015.
  8. In 2015, there were nearly 19,000 tourism-related business establishments operating in British Columbia.
  9. Accommodation room revenue in 2015 was more than $2 billion.
  10. As well as generating revenue for British Columbian businesses and creating employment, the tourism industry contributes approximately $825 million in revenue to the provincial treasury based on the latest statistics available.

Source: BC Stats, Destination British Columbia and go2HR

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