COQUITLAM, BC, May 24, 2017 – The City of Coquitlam is inviting residents and local businesses to join us in celebrating national Tourism Week from Sunday, May 28 to Saturday, June 3.

Coquitlam is embracing Tourism Week through a number of local initiatives that will raise awareness of this city’s assets. Stay tuned for further details about Coquitlam’s Picture Yourself campaign!

Tourism improves the quality of life for all British Columbians, contributing $15.7 billion annually to the provincial economy. Tourism dollars benefit B.C. residents through job creation and increased tax base, while supporting social, cultural and recreational benefits.

The B.C. visitor economy comprises nearly 19,000 tourism-related businesses that employ 127,500 people. The industry faced record numbers last year and trend is continuing through 2017.

Coquitlam is embracing Tourism Week through a number of local initiatives that will raise awareness of this city’s assets. Stay tuned for further details about Coquitlam’s Picture Yourself campaign!

Coquitlam is now easily accessible by SkyTrain and is experiencing strong population growth due to its attractive urban amenities and access to nature.

Strong tourism and economic development benefits residents through Coquitlam’s incredible amenities, recreation programs, festivals, events, community parks, investment and job creation.

To hear more about Tourism in Coquitlam and upcoming activities and events, tune in to The Point (98.7 FM orwww.ckpmfm.com) at 8:20 a.m. each day from Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 2. Listeners will also have the opportunity to win a prize that includes tickets for two to see The Bills and Mildly Mild at Evergreen Cultural Centre on July 8 (value $70), a $50 gift certificate to Zone Bowling in Coquitlam, and a gift certificate for a 14-inch pizza from La Ruota Pizzeria. Visit www.ckpmfm.com for contesting details.

The City of Coquitlam would like to encourage residents to invite their friends and family to visit Coquitlam and enjoy all this city has to offer.

Quick Tourism Facts:

  • Tourism is a key contributor to B.C.’s economy, worth $15.7 billion in revenue in 2015, according to Destination BC.
  • 2016 was a record-breaking year for tourism in B.C., having welcomed more than 5.5 million international visitors – up 12.3 per cent over 2015. It’s anticipated that 2017 will be a record year for B.C. tourism.
  • Approximately 19.7 million visitors came to B.C. in 2015, spending $9.9 billion.
  • The tourism industry employs more than 127,000 people across the province in nearly 19,000 tourism-related businesses, representing $4.5 billion in wages and salaries.

Coquitlam Tourism Facts:

  • Coquitlam is a sport tourism destination, attracting high-profile events such as the 2016 FIL U19 World Field Lacrosse championships and 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. The upcoming Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! (June 17-18) is expected to attract 1,875 participants and 22,500 spectators, generating a $2.1 million economic impact.
  • Coquitlam was home to more than 110 festivals and events in 2016, including Festival du Bois, Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, the Teddy Bear Picnic and Grand Parade, 55+ BC Games, and Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day.
  • The Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display attracted more than 100,000 visits, 37 per cent of which came from outside Coquitlam.
  • Other upcoming high-profile events include the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic, the CanWest Games and BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival.
  • Home to more than 100 active parks and open space areas totalling over 2,000 acres with 115+ km of trails, Coquitlam offers varied recreation options including biking, hiking, fishing and birding.
  • Coquitlam is home to Canada’s only Hard Rock Casino. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver welcomes approximately 33,000 weekly visitors and employs 625 staff.
  • Coquitlam’s five hotels offer more than 400 rooms, staff more than 160 people and welcome guests from all over the world.
  • Coquitlam Centre shopping centre receives 11.5 million shoppers a year. Coquitlam is a shopping destination, with other highlights including North Road’s ‘Koreatown,’ the shops of Austin Heights and the furniture stores of United Boulevard.
  • Local sporting teams include the Coquitlam Express Junior A hockey (B.C. Hockey League), Coquitlam Senior A Adanacs (Western Lacrosse Association), Coquitlam Junior A Adanacs (B.C. Junior A Lacrosse Association).
  • In January, more than 30,000 riders per day were using SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension, according to TransLink numbers (it opened Dec. 2, 2016). TransLink anticipates it will achieve its goal of 70,000 riders per day by 2021.

Fun Facts about Coquitlam Residents:

  • 98% rate their quality of life as “good” or “very good”
  • 42% were born outside of Canada (top three countries: China, South Korea, Iran)
  • 56% over the age of 25 have post-secondary education
  • $67,700: media household income
  • 6,400+ licenced businesses operate in our community
  • Population: 139,000 +

More information:

Download related images from our flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskVzkjZE

To find out more about activities and events in Coquitlam year-round, visit www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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Media contact:

Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3912
ekalnins@coquitlam.ca