The Kamloops area saw strong tourism numbers last year, despite some adversity with the summer wildfires. The Kamloops area saw strong tourism numbers last year, despite some adversity with the summer wildfires.
While speaking on the Jim Harrison Show today, CEO of Tourism Kamloops, Beverley DeSantis, says they just got in some strong 2017 numbers.
“We were up on our MRDT, which is the tax we collect through the accommodation association, up 6.3 %, and visitation, we were up 3.1%, so we exceeded our budget for sure this year. So good news.”
DeSantis says, the industry actually brings in a lot of revenue, with a 2015 study finding that 377 million dollars was put into the city through tourism.
“We did the same numbers in 2017, and that increased to almost 450 million dollars in economic benefit to the city.”
She adds, tourism is looking promising in 2018, with a 3 per cent growth expected.