Six reasons Vancouver keeps breaking tourism records
Tourism Vancouver reports more than 10 million tourists visited the city in 2016, a new best for Metro Vancouver’s tourism industry, and the third record-breaking year in a row. Here are six reasons why Vancouver is so popular:
1. Vancouver hosted 29 conventions in 2016 that attracted some 160,000 attendees, including the TED Conference (1,800 attendees) and the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting (8,000 attendees).
2. Vancouver’s biggest travel market, the United States, brought 2.3 million overnight visitors last year, up nearly 10 per cent from 2015. China remains Vancouver’s largest overseas visitor market with 280,000 total visitors in 2016.
3. Rugby fever. The World Rugby Sevens held its inaugural event in Canada at B.C. Place Stadium in March, drawing a crowd of more than 60,000, exceeding all expectations.
4. People love Vancouver’s summer. July, August and September were 2016’s strongest months for Vancouver’s accommodation sector. In July, daily occupancy in Metro Vancouver hotels was 94.1 per cent.
5. Vancouver’s cruise season keeps them coming. Port Metro Vancouver welcomed 826,820 passengers on 28 ships making 228 voyages in 2016.
Each time a cruise ship arrives in Vancouver, it stimulates more than $2 million in economic activity.
6. Vancouver scored a bounty of awards and accolades. Skytrax World Airport Awards named YVR the best airport in North America for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year; The Guardian recognized English Bay as one of the world’s best city beaches; and Forbes named the BMO Vancouver Marathon among the world’s top marathons worth travelling for.
It’s estimated that the tourism industry in Vancouver contributes about $4.4 billion to the Metro Vancouver economy annually and provides more than 70,000 full-time jobs.