Abbotsford saw a significant uptick in the number of tourists staying in the city last year.
The number of overnight visitors staying in hotels and other paid accommodations increased 12 per cent from the previous year, to just over 200,000. Revenue generated increased 19 per cent.
When hotel room revenue is combined with money that tourists and other visitors staying with friends and family spent on goods and services like gas, food and retail, it’s estimated that $30 million of economic activity was generated in 2015.
With National Tourism Week taking place this week, Mayor Henry Braun took over the Tourism Abbotsford Twitter account on June 1.
“As we’ve seen throughout the province, tourism plays an important role in creating a vibrant, well-rounded economy,” Braun said in a press release. “We know that many of the visitors to our community enjoyed a wide array of authentic, healthy experiences that Abbotsford is known for. We look forward to welcoming many more this year …”