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BC tourism numbers brief

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Tourism numbers were up in B.C. this past February compared to February 2001 but still the markets remain erratic, according to the president and CEO of Tourism BC.

"While the overall international numbers for the first two months are positive, the markets are still too erratic to predict any long-term travel trends," said Rod Harris.

"Clearly, the favourable ski season experienced in parts of the province has helped to a degree."

There was positive growth from markets in the U.S. (4.9 per cent), U.K. (13.1 per cent), Hong Kong (120.5 per cent) and South Korea (22.7 per cent).

But the Japanese market declined by 17. 3 per cent as well as the German market which dropped by 14.8 per cent.

The February 2002 numbers showed an increase of 4.9 per cent, for a total number of 285,675 overnight customs entries.

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