Tourism Prince George Celebrates National Tourism Week

Prince George, BC- Prince George is joining communities, cities, and regions

around British Columbia and Canada to recognize National Tourism Week—

May 27 to June 2, 2018. Tourism Prince George has partnered with the

Prince George Chamber of Commerce to host two tourism events in

celebration of National Tourism Week.

The two events are:

• Tourism Breakfast Speaker Series –“Why Tourism matters”

Thursday May 24th, 2018

8:00am until 9:30am

Sandman Signature Hotel

Tourism Prince George is very pleased to announce and host keynote

speaker, Walt Judas, CEO of TIABC. Topics covered during the event

include; How tourism has become the key driver of the provincial

economy; The implications of the 2018 provincial budget and

government regulations on the industry; The six critical issues on

TIABC's radar that need to be addressed in order to maintain the

momentum; How individual businesses and residents can contribute

to or benefit from tourism; The future of tourism in British Columbia.

Please follow the link to register

http://pgchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/tourismbreakfast-

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• Business after 3pm Open House

Friday June 1st, 2018

3:00pm-5:00pm

Tourism Prince George Visitor Centre

This event is hosted in partnership with the PG Chamber of

Commerce and will include some refreshments, networking

opportunities, and a chance to connect with Tourism Prince George.

Please RSVP to attend here

http://pgchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/businessafter-

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Tourism is a $91.6 billion industry in Canada that directly supports 614,600

jobs from coast to coast. This represents 9.2% of all jobs in Canada and

makes tourism the third largest job creator in the country.

Over twenty million travellers chose Canada in 2017, up 4% from 2016.

In the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary of its confederation, total tourism

expenditures from domestic and international visitors reached $97.4 billion

in 2017, up 6.3% over 2016. In 2017, the delivery of services to support

tourism activities in Canada employed an average of 735,300 jobs

throughout the year (TIABC, 2018).

In 2017, the Northern BC Tourism Region reported 221,299 travellers in

region, an increase of 8.6% in visitation. This amounted to an average

occupancy rate in Prince George of 69%, up 3.4% from 2016. The Prince

George Airport saw over 499,000 passengers through YXS, an 8.0% increase

over 2016.

“We look forward to having even more tourists visit our city and our region

in 2018, taking part in festivals and events, attractions, restaurants,

accommodation and more,” says Tourism Prince George CEO, Erica Hummel.

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