Prince George, BC- Dozens of communities in British Columbia are celebrating National Tourism Week May 29th to June 4th.

 In 2014, tourism in BC contributed $7.1 billion in GDP to the economy, a 4.5% increase over 2013. British Columbia supports over 19,000 tourism businesses and employed 127,500 people in the tourism industry –a 2.2% over 2013.

 In 2015, Prince George hosted 17,983 visitors to the community, mainly rubber-tire traffic from Europe and British Columbia followed by the United States. Erica Hummel, CEO of Tourism Prince George says, “Tourism is a critical part of our economy that requires professional marketing expertise managed by our local Destination Marketing Organization Tourism Prince George, to attract visitors from around the world. We look forward to 2016 surpassing 2015 visitor arrivals to our City”.

"On behalf of Council, I am pleased to proclaim this week as 'National Tourism Week,'" says Mayor Hall. "We greatly appreciate the efforts of the hard-working and talented employees in our hospitality industry, and the leadership that Tourism Prince George is taking to market Prince George to visitors from around the world. Thank you to all for doing this important work for our city." 

Walt Judas, TIABC CEO says "The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) is excited to be celebrating National Tourism Week with our member partners across this province. While TIABC continues to advocate for the interests of BC's $14.6 billion industry, we also take the opportunity to celebrate the tremendous success and importance of the visitor economy to our province. Wishing all of British Columbia a fantastic National Tourism Week because #BCTourismMatters."

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour adds "British Columbia is experiencing incredible growth in tourism. We saw a 7.9% increase in international tourists as 4.9 million international visitors came to our province in 2015. With a strong U.S. dollar, many British Columbians are also opting to experience B.C.'s world-class tourism through a staycation and exploring BC. It is indeed a time to celebrate Tourism Week in Canada and such an important industry that's helping B.C. be an economic leader in Canada."

About Tourism Prince George:
Tourism Prince George
(TPG) is a not-for-profit society created in January 2010 that is governed by tourism industry stakeholders through an appointed Board of Directors. A stakeholder model has been adopted by the Tourism Prince George Board of Directors meaning that all tourism businesses and organizations in the Prince George region are automatically stakeholders without paying a membership fee.

Media Contact: Annie Doran

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Tourism Prince George

Direct: 250.649.3211   Email: doran@tourismpg.com

 

 

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