The tourism industry in Canada is growing, and British Columbia is no exception. 2016 saw an increase of 12.3% in international visitors and tourism is now one of BC’s leading business sectors (DestinationBC, 2017). Local tourist treasures have also been winning accolades including:

BC

British Columbia benefits from many competitive advantages in tourism, such as “proximity to Asia, spectacular natural assets, safe and welcoming environment, and world-class visitor experiences provided by nearly 19,000 tourism businesses.” (DestinationBC, 2017).

And it shows. In 2016, over 5.5 international visitors toured the province. To put that in perspective the local BC population in 2016 was only 4.6 million! This translates to $15.7 billions in revenue to the provincial economy and nearly 19,000 business supporting the tourism industry. (DestinationBC, 2017) With this kind of impact, tourism “has become one of BC’s leading business sectors.” (go2HR, 2017).

Canada

Nation-wide, Canada is also welcoming millions of travelers, both domestic and international. Canada has a very positive international perception which helps explain how in 2016, world travel to Canada grew by 11%, nearly three times the world average of 3.9% (Destination Canada, 2016). The trend seems likely to continue in 2017 as tourism spending has increased by 6.7% between January and March 2017 (Destination Canada, 2017). Passenger air transport, accommodations and food and beverage services saw the largest gains. More visitors also means more jobs. The first quarter of 2017 saw nearly 711,000 jobs added for tourism activities, an increase of 1.7% compared to the same period in 2016.

Industry Trends and Challenges

As direct flights to BC and Canada increase, we see more visitors from different parts of the world. More travelers from China, Australia, Mexico, and the UK are visiting Canada as flight connections between these countries improve. For example, air capacity from Germany to British Columbia increased by 37.8% in June 2017; subsequently German visitors to BC went up by 31%. (BC Gov News, 2017)

A challenge facing the tourism industry in BC is the ongoing labour shortage in service work such as hospitality and food and beverage services. In its 2016 Annual Report, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada writes, “Many of Canada’s most popular destinations are remote, resort communities that showcase Canada’s natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes. While these places are iconically Canadian, they are not places many will relocate to for work, thus adding to labour shortage issues in high traffic tourist areas. The current labour shortage, particularly in Western Canada, is forcing many tourism businesses, including attractions, hotels and restaurants to reduce hours of operation and services offered.” (TIAC/AITC, 2016, p.44)

Resources

Associations

Magazines and Trade Journals

Directories

Additional resources

If you would like to access more resources, the Tourism Industry Guide is designed to help prospective and existing business owners gather information for their secondary market research. The guide is broken down into four main sections that cover how to start your research, industry information, competitive information and customer information. Depending on your needs you can spend as much or as little time as necessary in each section.

If you find that you need more guidance before starting your secondary research, check out our Business Research Basics Guide. It will help you focus on what types of information you will need to gather and why it is important.

Related guides

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Travel Agency Guide

References:

BC Gov News. 2017. "June showing positive trend for B.C.’s tourism sector." Retrieved from https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TAC0074-001463?WT.cg_n

Destination BC. 2017. "Gaining the Edge: A Progress Update." Retrieved from http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/tourism-and-immigration/tourism-industr...

Destination Canada. 2017. "National Tourism Indicators: January to March (Q1) 2017 Highlights." Retrieved from https://www.destinationcanada.com/sites/default/files/2017-07/Intelligen...

go2HR. 2017. "Tourism Week in Canada May 28 - June 3." Retrieved from https://www.go2hr.ca/news/tourism-week-canada-may-28-june-3

Statistics Canada. 2017. "Travel Survey of Residents of Canada, 2016 (final)" Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170725/dq170725e-eng.htm

Tourism Industry Association of Canada. 2016. "Annual Report on Canadian Tourism." Retrieved from http://tiac.travel/_Library/TIAC_Publications/TIAC_Annual_Report_2016_EN...

 

The tourism industry in Canada is growing, and British Columbia is no exception. 2016 saw an increase of 12.3% in international visitors and tourism is now one of BC’s leading business sectors (DestinationBC, 2017). Local tourist treasures have also been winning accolades including:

BC

British Columbia benefits from many competitive advantages in tourism, such as “proximity to Asia, spectacular natural assets, safe and welcoming environment, and world-class visitor experiences provided by nearly 19,000 tourism businesses.” (DestinationBC, 2017).

And it shows. In 2016, over 5.5 international visitors toured the province. To put that in perspective the local BC population in 2016 was only 4.6 million! This translates to $15.7 billions in revenue to the provincial economy and nearly 19,000 business supporting the tourism industry. (DestinationBC, 2017) With this kind of impact, tourism “has become one of BC’s leading business sectors.” (go2HR, 2017).

Canada

Nation-wide, Canada is also welcoming millions of travelers, both domestic and international. Canada has a very positive international perception which helps explain how in 2016, world travel to Canada grew by 11%, nearly three times the world average of 3.9% (Destination Canada, 2016). The trend seems likely to continue in 2017 as tourism spending has increased by 6.7% between January and March 2017 (Destination Canada, 2017). Passenger air transport, accommodations and food and beverage services saw the largest gains. More visitors also means more jobs. The first quarter of 2017 saw nearly 711,000 jobs added for tourism activities, an increase of 1.7% compared to the same period in 2016.

Industry Trends and Challenges

As direct flights to BC and Canada increase, we see more visitors from different parts of the world. More travelers from China, Australia, Mexico, and the UK are visiting Canada as flight connections between these countries improve. For example, air capacity from Germany to British Columbia increased by 37.8% in June 2017; subsequently German visitors to BC went up by 31%. (BC Gov News, 2017)

A challenge facing the tourism industry in BC is the ongoing labour shortage in service work such as hospitality and food and beverage services. In its 2016 Annual Report, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada writes, “Many of Canada’s most popular destinations are remote, resort communities that showcase Canada’s natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes. While these places are iconically Canadian, they are not places many will relocate to for work, thus adding to labour shortage issues in high traffic tourist areas. The current labour shortage, particularly in Western Canada, is forcing many tourism businesses, including attractions, hotels and restaurants to reduce hours of operation and services offered.” (TIAC/AITC, 2016, p.44)

Resources

Associations

Magazines and Trade Journals

Directories

Additional resources

If you would like to access more resources, the Tourism Industry Guide is designed to help prospective and existing business owners gather information for their secondary market research. The guide is broken down into four main sections that cover how to start your research, industry information, competitive information and customer information. Depending on your needs you can spend as much or as little time as necessary in each section.

If you find that you need more guidance before starting your secondary research, check out our Business Research Basics Guide. It will help you focus on what types of information you will need to gather and why it is important.

Related guides

Bed and Breakfast Guide

Outdoor Recreation - Adventure Travel Guide

Travel Agency Guide

References:

BC Gov News. 2017. "June showing positive trend for B.C.’s tourism sector." Retrieved from https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TAC0074-001463?WT.cg_n

Destination BC. 2017. "Gaining the Edge: A Progress Update." Retrieved from http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/tourism-and-immigration/tourism-industr...

Destination Canada. 2017. "National Tourism Indicators: January to March (Q1) 2017 Highlights." Retrieved from https://www.destinationcanada.com/sites/default/files/2017-07/Intelligen...

go2HR. 2017. "Tourism Week in Canada May 28 - June 3." Retrieved from https://www.go2hr.ca/news/tourism-week-canada-may-28-june-3

Statistics Canada. 2017. "Travel Survey of Residents of Canada, 2016 (final)" Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170725/dq170725e-eng.htm

Tourism Industry Association of Canada. 2016. "Annual Report on Canadian Tourism." Retrieved from http://tiac.travel/_Library/TIAC_Publications/TIAC_Annual_Report_2016_EN...

 

 

Greg Evans might be British Columbia’s best-known beer lover; when he’s not fulfilling his duties as municipal archivist for the Township of Esquimault, he is giving public presentations throughout the province on the history of brewing and prohibition.

His passion for beer has led him to his most ambitious project yet, a two-book series documenting the history of commercial brewing in B.C. between 1858 and 1982 for the Royal British Columbia Museum and he’s using UBC Library’s B.C. Digital newspapers archive to do it.

“The digital newspaper archive is an incredible resource,” says Evans “I wish it was around when I was writing my MA thesis years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time — I’d sit for days and days scanning through microfiche.”

Greg Evans

The digital newspaper archive has enabled Evans to tell important stories about brewing in B.C., especially those in smaller communities. “I’ve been able to plug some holes in otherwise incomplete histories. In some cases, I’ve gone from a skeletal history to something that is quite fleshed out.”

Evans’ work involves scouring the 163 newspapers currently available through the archive for any mentions of beer, brewing and pivotal figures within the industry in articles and even advertisements. 

“Prior to World War One, the world was a very different place and the advertisements reflect that, says Evans, “Some are hilarious and contain things the government would never allow you to say now, with taglines like ‘Beer that builds backbone’.”

 

The archive has also allowed Evans to analyze the enormous impact of prohibition on B.C. brewing’s history. Prohibition was not well-received in B.C.; the province was the last to adopt it in 1917 and first to repeal, and it nearly decimated the industry. “Prohibition was a huge failure in B.C., ” explains Evans, “There was significant confusion and many allegations of corruption. It was a fiasco from start to finish. When troops came home from World War I and realized they couldn’t have a beer, there were riots. The repeal in 1921 was when things really changed.”

 

The B.C. Historical Newspapers’ project manager Rob Stibravy, who is a Digital Projects Librarian in the UBC Library’s Digital Programs & Services, is thrilled that the BC newspaper archive is making the province’s history more accessible and projects like Evans’ possible. “It’s gratifying to see the archive being used to enhance projects like this one.”

Evans’ first book is expected to be released in 2018.

Explore the B.C. Historical newspaper archive and access 129 years of B.C.’s news.

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Peter Rouse, Every Relationship Matters: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform Your Business, Your Firm, and Yourself (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K120 .S87 2017
Richard Susskind, Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, 2d ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

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Lakshman D. Guruswamy & Mariah Zebrowski Leach, International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 5th ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD620 .G74 2017
Mark Hill, Great Christian Jurists in English History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=8834650

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1859 .M47 2013
Rob Merkin & Jenny Steele, Insurance and the Law of Obligations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=7317125

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJC6057 .U53 2018
Mateja Sedmak, Birgit Sauer & Barbara Gornik, eds., Unaccompanied Children in European Migration and Asylum Practices: In Whose Best Interests? (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPC68 .K855 2016
Yun Tae-gyu yŏkkŭm, Kŭllobŏl kŏbŏnŏnsŭ wa Pukhan ŭi pŏp chedo = Global governance and North Korean law and instituition
글로벌 거버넌스 와 북한 의 법 제도 / 윤 대규 엮음.
(Kyŏnggi-do P’aju-si : Hanul Ak’ademi, 2016).
(경기도 파주시 : 한울 아카데미, 2016).

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