…”International tourist visas to B.C. increase 12.2 per cent”…”New Year’s Eve: Get ready to party”…”Stunning video captures hockey game on frozen BC lake”…
Some interesting facts about our British Columbia tourist industry bode well for the sector for 2017!
Apparently, “the number of international tourists to visit British Columbia increased by 531,531 to almost 4.9 million in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Based on data collected from Statistics Canada, visitors from Australia were up 45.3 per cent, China, 23.2 per cent, Mexico, 23 per cent, United Kingdom, 22.8 per cent, and U.S., 8.1 per cent.”
Vancouverites, aware of some troubled history in the past, know all too well that “public events in this city too often resemble gatherings of out-of-control toddlers on a rampage, and Vancouver went over a decade without a free public New Year’s Eve event after the First Night New Year’s Eve party was nixed in 2003.”
This year the city will see a free family oriented event staged in Coal Harbour & Canada Place that will include a fireworks extravaganza at 9pm. Ring in the New Year & be of good cheer!
Amazingly, British Columbia’s recent cold snap allowed for a spectacular scenic hockey game venue for some hockey enthusiasts on Whonnock Lake. Some might say pond hockey extraordinaire!
Cheers to a thrilling thriving Thursday that sings—Festive Season—FESTIVE!!!