March 2019 - Continued Strong Performance Supports Increased Inventory

Transportation and accommodation indicators demonstrate continued growth for the tourism industry in Nanaimo, and support the construction of the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in the downtown area near the Conference Centre. Ground will break soon on this project which will include 172 rooms, a luxury spa, large pool, fitness centre and street-level café. Rumour has it that a second hotel development might also be in the works for the city!

  • Congratulations to Tourism Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Hospitality Association for being recognized as a finalist in the Innovation category of the 2019 BC Tourism Industry Awards. These two groups, working with the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club, collaborated on a very successful campaign featuring influencer marketing and paid social advertising tactics to increase awareness of the amazing mountain biking opportunities that the Nanaimo region has to offer. and
  • According to Destination BC research, international visitor arrivals to B.C. increased 2.1% during the first two months of 2019. Growth was led by the U.S. (+2.2%) and Asia-Pacific (+2.8%).
  • Mark your calendars for Tourism Week, May 26 to June 1. Join tourism colleagues and organizations from across Canada in celebrating tourism’s contributions to the national economy. Your business can support the cause by sharing community tourism activities on social media using the hashtags #BCTourismMatters and #TourismMatters, and by sending DBC and TIABC photos, videos and stories for their power of tourism initiatives.

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