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International visits climb

June saw a significant amount of International visitors to British Columbia.

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from June 2017, show a 5.3 per cent increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 35,000 more visitors arriving in B.C.

The total year-to-date international overnight custom entries to B.C. are up 4.1 per cent.

Other notable increases for June (over June 2016) include:

  • Germany – up 31 per cent
  • Australia – up 26 per cent
  • Mexico – up 13.3 per cent
  • China – up 9.3 per cent

Direct flights can have a big impact on international visitor arrivals. Both Germany and Australia saw an increases in air capacity to British Columbia of 37.8 per cent and 20.4 per cent.

“British Columbia boasts an amazing array of tourist experiences and it’s no surprise that people from around the world are spending their time in our beautiful province, said Marsha Walden, CEO of Destination British Columbia.

We know that, in some parts of the province, the wildfires have taken a toll on the summer tourism season. However, as we start rebuilding this vital industry, it’s reassuring to know that June offered positive results,” Walden added.

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