Vancouver Sun: COVID-19: Drop in number of travellers to B.C. described as 'precipitous'


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to international and non-resident travel to B.C. dropping from nearly 19 million visitors in 2019 to just above one million in 2020, a B.C. tourism industry conference was told Monday.

Ken Peacock, Business Council of B.C. chief economist and vice president, told an online audience that prior to the pandemic, the air transportation industry was one of the fastest-growing in B.C.

“It was growing well, well above average — almost three to four times the rate of the overall economy,” he said.

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