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Working in BC’s Tourism Industry


Anyone who knows about British Columbia knows that its natural beauty, diverse culture, and the wide range of activities available to take part in have contributed to BC becoming a premier tourist destination for visitors from throughout Canada and the rest of the world.

The tourism sector is also one of the biggest employers in BC, with 127,700 people working in a tourism-related role as of 2015. Why is tourism such a popular career choice? It offers workers flexibility – whether they’re looking for a permanent or seasonal position, something short term or long term, or to work indoors or outdoors, tourism gives them all of these options! Working in tourism also allows workers to see different parts of the province, work in a number of different roles, and meet people from all over the world.

Those looking to work in the industry aren’t limited in the types of jobs they can take on either. While there are many positions available for operational and front-facing roles, there is also a need to fill positions in fields like accounting, marketing, sales, and management.

The tourism industry is also a great option for those who are entrepreneurially-minded, as 92% of tourism businesses in the province are small businesses. Revenue in BC’s tourism sector grew 37.3% from 2005 to 2015, and the number is poised to keep growing. Whether it’s opening a bed and breakfast, leading eco-tours of your region, or operating a travel agency, there are plenty of opportunities available for small business owners in BC.

The growth of the industry has contributed to both a growing workforce and growing wages. In 2015, tourism paid $4.5 billion in wages and salaries, which was a 36.1% increase since 2005. In addition to base salaries and wages, many of the workers in the sector receive generous gratuities, tips, and bonuses.

If you like meeting new people, seeing new parts of British Columbia, and being exposed to many different career paths, then a career in tourism may be for you!


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Click here to visit the Destination BC website and learn more about the industry


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