B.C.’s tourism numbers keep climbing

More than five million international tourists came to B.C. in 2016, according to Stats Canada numbers released recently

Katya Slepian – Black Press

More than five million international tourists came to B.C. in 2016, according to Stats Canada numbers released recently.

About 5,144,000 people from other countries visited the province, an increase of 12.7 per cent over 2015.

The biggest jumps came from Taiwan with 41.6 per cent and Mexico with 31.2 per cent.

Destination British Columbia CEO Marsha Walden pointed to more direct daily flights to B.C., especially for the uptick in visitors from Mexico and Australia.

Flights from Australia went up 121 per cent in total available passenger seats last November compared to the same period the year before, while a new daily flight between Vancouver and Mexico City has helped boost travel since it began about a year ago.

The only decrease was from Austria, which dropped by 0.4 per cent.

Vancouver Airport Authority CEO Craig Richmond said a record 22.3 million passengers flew into the Vancouver International Airport in 2016.

The province said that getting rid of the international jet fuel tax in 2012 helped drive down the cost of international flights.

 

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