British Columbia’s tourism industry ranks as one of the province’s largest economic sectors in terms of employment and revenue, with more than 302,700 jobs in the industry, and generating $18.4 billion in visitor revenues in 2017.
Following is a snapshot of BC’s tourism workforce and projections for skilled tourism workers required over the next decade to support the industry’s growth:
- Based on industry growth and replacement of employees exiting the industry, BC tourism will create 106,000 job openings in the next 10 years.
- There are approximately 302,700 jobs in the BC tourism industry with 137,800 jobs supported by visitor spending.
- Workers needed by 2028 by sector are as follows: 46,400 new workers for Food and Beverage Services; 14,600 new workers for Accommodation Services; 19,400 for Transportation and Travel Services; and 25,500 for Recreation and Entertainment.
- By 2028 the following positions will see the most demand: 12,500 Professional Cooks and Chefs; 11,500 Food Counter attendants & kitchen helpers; 8,100 Food & Beverage Servers; 7,600 Restaurant and Food Service Managers.
- In addition to generating revenue for British Columbian businesses and creating employment, the tourism industry returns approximately $1.2 Billion to the provincial treasury in the form of consumption taxes every year.
- Destination BC “The Value of Tourism in British Columbia”, 2017
- BC Labour Market Outlook, 2018 Edition
- BC Statistics