Issue 17-39: Visitor Entries

March 1, 2017

Traveller entries to B.C. from the U.S. and overseas edged up 0.3% (seasonally adjusted) in December as entries from countries other than the U.S. picked up significantly (+1.4%). There were 1.2 % fewer travellers coming from Asia, but European entries rose 2.7%. A hefty boost in number of travellers from North America, Central America and Caribbean (+22.5%) was likely attributable to an influx of visitors from Mexico, as the visa requirement for travellers from Mexico to Canada was lifted, and airline companies introduced additional flights from Mexico to Canada. Meanwhile, entries to B.C. from the U.S. stalled (-0.1%) following three consecutive months of increases.

2016 Annual Visitor Entries

The number of non-resident travellers entering Canada via B.C. borders jumped 10.8% to about 7.7 million in 2016, marking the fourth straight year of notable increases in number of international visitors to the province. Accounting for 75% of the total visitor entries through B.C. last year, entries from the U.S. continued to climb (+9.5%).

British Columbia welcomed a record 1.9 million overseas travellers (from countries other than the U.S.) in 2016, up 14.6% from 2015. Last year saw 12.8% more visitors from Asia, the largest overseas market for B.C., than in 2015. The province saw a similar increase in the number of European visitors (+12.9%), and also welcomed considerably more travellers from North America, Central America and Caribbean (+32.2%), Oceania (+18.0%) and South America (+10.1%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada