Vancouver is one of the few Canadian cities known for its tourist attractions and it never disappoints when it comes to setting tourist records. 2017 was another record year with 10.3 million visitors, making it the fourth consecutive year Vancouver has set a new record. This is attributed to a combination of policy and strategic developments like sales and marketing initiatives and infrastructural developments like the Vancouver Airport.
Tourism Highlights I 2017
The United States remains to be Vancouver’s largest tourism market followed by China. However, the rise in the number of visitors could be linked to improved numbers from other nations like Australia, Germany, Mexico, Japan and South Korea.
Major sporting events are also believed to have a direct role in the realization of Vancouver’s new tourism record. Notable sporting events like the HSBC Rugby Sevens Circuit and the Cycling Canada 2017 championships also drew a considerable chunk of visitors to Vancouver.
In 2017 alone, Vancouver International Airport saw the introduction of 16 new flights. This development was initiated by the collaboration with popular carriers like Capital Airlines of China, Hong Kong Airlines, Air Canada, Flair Airlines(Canada) and Interject (Mexico) among others saw 24 million passengers transit in 2017 alone.
2017 saw Vancouver get recognition as one of the best cities in the world by the Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Also, Forbes also put Vancouver among its top travel destinations of 2017. Notwithstanding, the World Routes ranked Vancouver’s airport as the best airport in the world.
Vancouver’s achievements are consistent with the effort put into making Canada a leading tourism destination. 2018 is poised to be much better than 2017 as this city will be hosting a number of sporting events. The Canada-China year of tourism is expected to take the number of visitors in Vancouver even higher.