B.C. visits shifting

Destination British Columbia released numbers on international visitors to the province for February.

Destination British Columbia released numbers on international visitors to the province for February.

The total number of Americans coming that month was 239,942, which is a 3.8 per cent drop from the same month last year. Overnight U.S. visitors actually increased by 3.2 per cent, but same-day visits went down 12.8 per cent.

On the bright side, Pacific/Asian visitors were up a whopping 21.5 per cent over the same month in 2012. Leading the charge were the Chinese (up 91.1 per cent) followed by Hong Kong (76.3 per cent) and Taiwan (58.5 per cent).

Europeans visits, likely in accord with their stressed economies, were also down 9.5 per cent.