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Getting to Know BC's Tourism Industry

Tourism in BC is a growing, dynamic industry and a major economic generator. The following is a snapshot of what the tourism industry means for our province:

  • In 2017 there were 5.7 million international overnight visitors.
  • Tourism generated $17 billion in revenues in 2016.
  • Tourism-related provincial tax revenue from visitor spending was more than $1.1 billion in 2016. This represents a 4.5% increase over 2015.
  • The tourism and hospitality industry is labour intensive, employing approximately 291,000 British Columbians.
    • Of these, approximately 133,000 are employed as a result of visitor spending.
  • There are more 19,000 tourism-related businesses in British Columbia.
    • More than half of these businesses have less than 10 employees.
  • The wages and salaries paid to the 133,000 workers supported by visitor spending was $4.7 Billion in 2016, up 3.2% from 2015.

Getting more background information on the industry will help you to better position your business as you move forward or help you to identify the wealth of career opportunities. In this section you will learn about the size, scope and structure of the tourism industry in BC, including how tourism benefits our economy, industry and product development, and BC’s tourism workforce.

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