Kimberley Thrives in 2016

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Kimberley has been getting busier and busier, and that is a great thing!

The Kimberley BC Visitor Centre traffic is up 25% over last year’s numbers, which were very good. Overall nightly stays are up 16% over this time in 2015 as measured by the additional hotel room tax.

Jesse Ferguson of Tourism Kimberley said, “There has not been a week this past summer that I have not hosted a travel writer or journalist who think we have a story worth telling.”

There are so many events that are contributing to Kimberley’s Popularity, here is just a snippet:

The weak Canadian Dollar is attracting visitors from south of the border, but it has worked in favour of BC tourism by keeping Canadians home.

Tourism is great, but growing Kimberley is even better. According to municipal Economic Development Officer Kevin Wilson “The relationship between tourism and investment is well documented. Once people experience Kimberley as visitors they are far more likely to build a home, move or start a business. That’s why the City and the Chamber work closely with Tourism Kimberley to ensure continuity in our messaging and to make sure information is available to support decision-making.”

The Kimberley Visitor Centre has fielded 234 relocation inquiries in 2016 – that’s an increase of 90 per cent over all of 2015. This impressive statistic illustrates how strength in tourism is driving investment, Wilson says.

Another indicator of a strong and growing community is building permits. 2016 to date as seen $9.7M in new construction permits, which is up 32% over 2015 and more than double what was issued in 2014. 23 new home starts in August alone, with more in the queue. If this trend continues, Kimberley stands to increase a whopping 40% over 2015.