Tourism activity increases

The latest international visitor numbers from February show that tourism is up 15.3 per cent

The good news just keeps rolling in for B.C.’s tourism industry.

The latest international visitor numbers from February show that tourism is up 15.3 per cent during the first two months of 2016, with 71,007 more visitors to the province over the same period last year.

The number of international visitors from the month of February is up 16.2 per cent over February last year (an additional 39,246 visitors).

They are coming from a number of key markets, including France (up 61.2 per cent), South Korea (up 27 per cent), Mexico (up 26.8 per cent) and the U.S. (up 20.1 per cent).

“B.C. is coming off a very strong winter tourism season,” said Shirley Bond, jobs minister.

“The latest international visitor numbers back up what we’ve been hearing from communities across the province – they are having record-breaking seasons. These latest numbers continue the trend that we have seen for the last year.”