BC Place joins 19,000+ B.C. Businesses in Recognizing Tourism Week!

May 30th, 2018

BC Place Stadium is proud to join more than 19,000 businesses, communities, cities and regions around British Columbia in recognizing Tourism Week — May 27 to June 2, 2018.

2017 was record-breaking year for tourism in B.C.; our province welcomed more than 5.7 million international visitors – up 3.3% over 2016. Looking ahead, 2018 is poised to be a record-year for the B.C. tourism industry as well!

BC Place is an integral part of B.C.’s growing tourism industry. Every year, the events hosted at B.C.’s premier stadium generate more than $100 million in economic impact in the province of British Columbia!

The Positive Impact of Tourism in British Columbia

·        Tourism is a key economic driver and one of BC’s competitive strengths in the world economy. British Columbia’s tourism industry generated revenue of $17 billion in 2016, an increase of 7.9% over 2015, and a 39.3% increase from 2006.

·        Events such as the Canada Sevens at BC Place attract thousands of guests from outside B.C. These guests provide business development opportunities for local residents through the purchase of hotel rooms, local hospitality services, and goods and services produced by B.C. businesses.

·        In 2017, events at BC Place generated $128 million in economic impact within our province, with an estimated $26 million being contributed by visitors from outside B.C.

·        Tourism supports well-paying jobs across a diverse range of related industries; tourism provides a job for roughly 1 out of every 16 people employed in the province.

·        Tourism offers incredible benefits for visitors, but also delivers important social, cultural and economic benefits for B.C. residents.

·        For more information about tourism in British Columbia, check out the Destination BC Fact Sheet.

Sport Tourism in Canada

·        Sport Tourism across Canada represents more than $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors. (Statistics Canada 2014). 

·        Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of Canada’s tourism industry.

·        International tourism receipts totaled $1.03 trillion in 2013 with an estimated 10% attributed to sport related travel.

During Tourism Week, May 27 and June 2, BC Place encourages B.C. residents and tourism businesses to share stories about the power of tourism, because #BCTourismMatters.

About Tourism Week

Tourism Week is a national, grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic opportunity available to Canada, and British Columbia, through travel and tourism. Tourism Week aligns tourism organizations, businesses and other partners from across the country and around BC over a common vision: a tourism sector unencumbered by policies and recognized for its contribution to the Canadian economy.

About BC Place Stadium

BC Place is the largest multipurpose venue of its kind in the province of British Columbia, hosting sport, exhibitions, community events and live entertainment, right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. We’re proud to be home of the BC Lions Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Canada Sevens and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Each year, the stadium welcomes more than one million guests to events ranging from football, soccer and high school sports, to consumer shows, community and special events, fun fairs and world-class concerts.