Voice of the BC Tourism Industry


Tourism by the Numbers


2018 was the best year for Canadian tourism on record, with arrivals reaching 21.13 million, breaking the 21 million mark for the first time ever.

Key Highlights

  • 2018 was the best year for Canadian tourism on record, with arrivals reaching 21.13 million, breaking the 21 million mark for the first time ever.
  • China, France, and Mexico surpassed the 700K, 600K, and 400K marks, respectively, for annual visitors to Canada for the first time in 2018.
  • A record breaking performance in December brought 2018 US arrivals to 14.44 million, the highest level recorded since 2004.

Source: www.destinationcanada.com/en/news/record-breaking-year-canadas-tourism-sector





Download the Tourism Industry Industry Association of Canada publications:

Travel & Tourism Fast Facts and Tourism – Canada’s Economic Pillar

Source: tiac-aitc.ca/publications.htm






ECONOMIC IMPACT – British Columbia

In 2017, the tourism industry generated $18.4 billion in revenue – an 8.4% increase over 2016, and a 41.3% increase from 2007.

Tourism-related provincial tax revenue was more than $1.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 5.8% over 2016, and an increase of 40.3% since 2007.

In 2017, tourism exports generated revenue of $5.4 billion, an increase of 7.1% over 2016.

Tourism export revenue was higher than that of the mineral ($5.3B) and agriculture & fish ($4.1B) primary resource industries, but lower than that of energy ($10.9B) and forest products ($14.1B).

GDP for the provincial economy as a whole grew 4.0% over 2016. The tourism industry contributed $9.0 billion of value added to the BC economy, as measured through GDP (in 2012 constant dollars). This represents 6.7% growth over 2016 and 32.5% growth since 2007.

In 2017, tourism contributed more to GDP than any other primary resource industry (mining:$4.9B, oil & gas $3.7B, forestry & logging $1.8B, and agriculture & fishing $1.5B).

In 2017, 19,243 tourism-related businesses were in operation in BC, an increase of 0.4% over 2016.

In 2017, 137,800 people were employed in tourism-related businesses, a 6.9% increase over 2016.

In 2017, the tourism industry paid $4.9 billion in wages and salaries, up 6.9% from 2016, and up 31.1% since 2007.

Source: Value of Tourism 2017 Snapshot – Destination BC 

Download the Destination BC Tourism Fact-Sheet


British Columbia’s tourism industry had an exceptional year in 2018, with a total of 6,071,065 overnight international visitor arrivals to the province, including 3,879,608 visitors from the US, 1,326,458 from Asia Pacific, and 584,156 visitors from Europe. International visitor arrivals were up 6.7% over 2017.

The strong growth in the tourism sector can be linked to a number of factors, including the marketing efforts of Destination BC and our industry partners, increased number of direct flights, and the easing of visa restrictions.

For more details, visit Destination BC for Industry Performance statistics: www.destinationbc.ca/Research/Industry-Performance



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