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Harrison celebrates National Tourism Week

Harrison Hot Springs is joining dozens of communities, cities and regions around British Columbia to recognize National Tourism Week.

Harrison Hot Springs is joining dozens of communities, cities and regions around British Columbia to recognize National Tourism Week- May 29 to June 4.

BC’s visitor economy has been one of the province’s top performing business sectors over the past two years, expanding faster than the economy at large and outpacing traditional sectors such as agriculture and fishing.

Mayor Leo Facio recognized the achievements of tourism operators, employees, and destination marketing organizations and other stakeholders by personally welcoming guests to Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Centre on Tuesday, May 31.

“As a resort municipality, tourism is the cornerstone of our economy – we welcome 100’s of thousands of visitors each year,” Facio said. “Our community is home to a great number of tourism businesses that offer authentic, remarkable experiences.”

In 2015, Harrison Hot Springs saw significant growth in both overnight visitors and day-trippers who experienced everything from Harrison’s own “Wipe out Zone” the Harrison floating Water Park, to the iconic Quadracylces on Harrison streets. The economic impact to Harrison is estimated to be in the $10 of millions with the world famous Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa being the biggest draw and economic generator.

While the BC tourism industry experienced both summer and winter seasons of record setting numbers last year, the trend is continuing as businesses and destinations across BC have already enjoyed a busy first quarter and are anticipating more record results this summer. Operators and communities around BC are sharing their Tourism Week celebrations on social media using the hashtag #BCTourismMatters.