Tourism, Arts and Culture

B.C. launches new roadmap to bolster tourism as economic driver

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Tourism, Arts and Culture

B.C. launches new roadmap to bolster tourism as economic driver

Media Contacts
Carla Wormald
Manager, Communications
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
250 208-4309
Media Contacts
Carla Wormald
Manager, Communications
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
250 208-4309

Backgrounders

2017 Value of Tourism Snapshot
  • In 2017, more than 137,000 people were employed in B.C. directly due to tourism expenditures, an increase of 3.6% over 2016.
  • In 2017, the tourism industry paid $4.9 billion in wages and salaries, an increase of 6.9% over 2016.
  • In 2017, B.C. had 19,243 tourism-related businesses in operation, an increase of 0.4% over 2016.
  • In 2017, the largest increase driving gross domestic product from tourism was in transportation and related services, which increased 9.7% over 2016.
  • Tourism supported over 19,000 businesses and employs almost 138,000 British Columbians, an increase of 6.9% over 2016.
  • Tourism generated provincial tax revenue was $1.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 5.8% from 2016. 
  • In 2017, tourism export revenue generated $5.4 billion in revenue for B.C., an increase of 7.1% over 2016. 

Note: Tourism export revenue is derived by Destination BC from Statistics Canada’s International Travel Survey.

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