Vancouver: Canada’s hot spot
They may not be able to build a fast ferry that works, but British Columbia’s natural advantages continue to attract record numbers of tourists. Tourism Vancouver reports that 1999 was another record year for overnight visitors to the rainy city. Some 8.3 million people stayed at least one night in the region, compared with 7.9 million in 1998, an increase of more than five percent.
More tourists from other parts of Canada (+4.6%), the US (+6.7%), Europe (+4.3%) and Asia Pacific (+6.8%) contributed to the record numbers. Visits from the key markets of the United Kingdom (+8.8%) and Germany (+1.1%) were also up from the previous year.
Tourism Vancouver Chair Nancy Stibbard says the record numbers are the result of marketing efforts and a focus on service.