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Tourism economy in Kamloops worth $377M, study says

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May 15, 2017 - 9:00 PM

KAMLOOPS – Tourism rakes in big bucks for the City of Kamloops and is valued at $377 million, to be exact.

An analysis looking at overall tourism expenditures in 2015 by Tourism Kamloops says the city welcomed 1.64 million visitors in 2015. In the same year, visitors spent an estimated $227 million, according to the study.

Tourism Kamloops shared the information in a media release and arrived at those figures using a calculation model by Statistics Canada, the total estimated tourism economic impact in the area is $377 million.

“We can now confirm, with confidence, that tourism is a major industry that positively contributes to our local economy,” Beverley DeSantis, with Tourism Kamloops says in the release.

Why was there such interest in the river city? Tourism Kamloops says the City’s 2002 rebrand as Tournament Capital of Canada helped with national and international attention as a sport hosting site.

Tourism in the province generates revenue that rivals industries like forestry, energy, mineral and agriculture and in 2015, there were 127,700 employees working in tourism-related jobs in B.C.

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