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Celebrate our vibrant tourism industry this summer

Editor:

Travelling is a wonderful way to see and experience the world.  Whether you travel for business or for the fun of it, the community you travel to benefits in so many ways.

Your dollars created opportunities for their youth to work and gain valuable experience and money for university or college; the revenue generated because you stayed in paid lodging increased the number of people working in that community; and, the taxes you paid on the restaurant bill or while shopping assisted their government in providing the people of that community with services like policing, firefighting, community centres and much more to make their city or town a wonderful and safe place to live.

The same thing happens here in Richmond every time someone comes to stay in a hotel or stay with a friend or relative.

June 16 to 20 is Tourism Week in Canada and Tourism Richmond would like to thank Richmond residents, business operators and government officials for making Richmond a wonderful visitor destination.

In 2013, visitors to our homes and hotels stayed 6.5 million nights in Richmond and they spent over $575 million in our Richmond businesses.  Imagine how many jobs that touched and created.  Was anyone in your family working in a restaurant, retail store, hotel, taxi, attraction or event this past year?  All of us in Richmond have much to be grateful for because someone from outside of Metro Vancouver chose to stay and visit in Richmond.

Join Tourism Richmond in celebrating our vibrant tourism industry this summer.  Invite your friends and relatives to come explore Richmond.  Visit your tourism resource centre at the Steveston Museum, Post Office and Visitor Centre located on Moncton Street, or you can source new and exciting places to take your visitors at visitrichmondbc.com.

It’s an easy way to grow our local economy.  Just invite someone!

Tracy Lakeman

CEO, Tourism Richmond

 

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