Tourism nets North Peace millions per year

Tourism in the North Peace brings in just over $73 million to the local economy.

That’s the findings of a new study by the North Peace Economic Development Commission.

Northern BC Tourism Association is congratulating the local Commission of its competition of the North Peace Region Value of Tourism Study.

Chair of the North Peace Economic Development Commission Dan Davies says this is good news for the region.

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The study measured the size and value of the local tourism industry.

Results show that annual visitor spending contributed approximately $73,170,000 to the local economy, with an estimated 223,300 visitors travelling through the region from in 2007.

The study area included all communities and rural areas in the North Peace River Region.

More than 176,000 people visited Fort St. John, and a total of more than $64 million was spent in the City. Davies says this is to be expected, because Fort St. John is the hub of the North.

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Meanwhile, the combined results for the Districts of Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, and Electoral Areas B & C show that there were 47,000 visitors and Annual Direct Visitor Expenditures of $9,150,000.

Davies says the study results should be useful to the region, as local leaders make decisions about future development on tourism attractions.

Fort St. John already has its eye on a new Energy Interpretive Centre, while the Peace River Regional District is looking at developing the Charlie Lake Caves.