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Vancouver Island Hotel, Motel & Inn Industry Overview

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Vancouver Island Hotel, Motel & Inn Industry Overview

Accommodation Supply

  • There are approximately 641 lodging properties located in the Vancouver Island tourism region.
  • There are more properties classified as Inns, Bed & Breakfasts as well as Cottages found in this region than in any other tourism region in the province. In total, these categories comprise 61.9% of all accommodation facilities in the region, but only 14.2% of the total regional accommodation capacity. The large proportion of small-scale facilities that populate Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands contributes greatly to the accommodation profile of the region.
  • Hotels and motels account for over three quarters (76.0%) of the total regional accommodation capacity.

Top Markets for Vancouver Island

British Columbia residents make up the largest share of overnight visitation (62%) and spending (41%) in Vancouver Island. Although there are slightly more Washington visitors to Vancouver Island, Albertans spend more money while visiting Vancouver Island.

Transportation to Vancouver Island

Because there are limited options when it comes to getting to Vancouver Island, transportation plays a vital role in the overall health of the tourism sector. The image below, shows that using BC Ferries is by far the most popular mode of travel to Vancouver Island.

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Service Area

Vancouver Island Hotel, Motel & Inn Industry Research Reports

This report represents the findings from omnibus telephone surveys of residents of British Columbia and Alberta conducted by Oraclepoll. 

The South Central Island planning area encompasses an exceptionally diverse range of landscapes and ecosystems; from rainforests, meadows, mountains and marshes, to beaches, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

The North Island Destination Development Strategy was developed to enhance the competitiveness of the planning area over the next 10 years and beyond.

The Greater Victoria Destination Development Strategy (DDS) is a product of Destination BC’s (DBC) Destination Development Program (an integrated strategic planning process) co-led by Destination BC and Destination Greater Victoria.

This visitor profile was created for Vancouver Island North Tourism, in partnership with the local region and The Sociable Scientists. Between June and September 2018, twenty-five ballot boxes were placed across the region in businesses and operations that visitors frequent.

This profile provides a general overview of the region and summarizes the latest data available about overnight travellers visiting the Vancouver Island region.

Given its size and proximity, Vancouver/Lower Mainland is an extremely important target market for the Victoria and Vancouver Island tourism sectors. Despite its vast potential, there is a sense among tourism industry experts that the Victoria/Vancouver Island tourism industry could be doing more to capitalize on the opportunity this significant market has to offer.

The Southern Gulf Islands Community Tourism Study is a broad-based study of tourism on the islands of Salt Spring, North Pender, South Pender, Galiano, Saturna and Mayne. This study is a joint effort by the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area and the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area of the Capital Regional District (CRD).

Tourism is a major economic contributor to Greater Victoria. The tourism industry contributes directly to the employment and economic growth of the region through activities and operations of firms providing products and services to tourists, and is therefore a significant source of economic development for Greater Victoria, the province of British Columbia (BC), and beyond.

This article has been prepared by Frontier Hospitality Advisor for general information only. Frontier Hospitality Advisor makes no guarantees, representations or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, regarding the information including, but not limited to, warranties of content, accuracy and reliability. Any interested party should undertake their own inquiries as to the accuracy of the information. Frontier Hospitality Advisor excludes unequivocally all inferred or implied terms, conditions and warranties arising out of this article and excludes all liability for loss and damages arising there from.

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