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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tourism lusty baby in B.C. VANCOUVER (CP) Tour-'conhibuled 27 pci cent. B C. ism is British Columbia's No. residents 17 pel cent ;md ovcr- industry, but the department of! seas visitois aboul fhree per travel industry predicts tliiil cenl during the next decade it uill Tlic Pacific state.s Washing- shoot pa.st forestry ar.d mining Ion, Oregon and and become No 1. were the source ot moi e tlian The forest industry's revenue in was 7 billion and min- per cent of all U S. visitors coming to B.C for one night or eral production was estimated more Although lhe number of at 5211 million Tourist i eve-1 overseas visitors to KC was was million, an in- far less than the number ol American visitors, the overseas tourists spend four times as much as their American coun- Icrparts MORE ACCOMMODATION' Last year a lolal of es- nue ciease of 3.4 per cent over 1970. "I'm sure the travel industry is closing in on No. 2 and event- ually I can see it becoming the leading industry in the prov- said Richard Culby. exec- utive director of I he dcpait- nrjnt ''After all. theie will come a lime when there's a limit to the. number of trees that can be cut tablishments were registered by the B.C. dcpaitment ol travel industry as government -ap- proved accommodation. These establishments provided down I think it's feasible lhat if units of approved accommoda- te play our cards the lion, an increase of units havcl industry could be No 1 in OUT 1970 B C. by 1980" Onlv one facet of the lounsl- Mr Colby said tourist officials travel hxJusliy e.-.pects to fall are counting on a 10-per-cent in- crease over last year's revenue from a record number of vaca- tioners and visitors expected to hit B.C. this season If predic- tions materialize, this year's lotal rexenue could run lo 5530 million 40 MILIO.V TO VISIT More than 40 million visitors are expected to enter Canada this year, including from overseas. The remainder wall come from the United States, short of last year's total. Con- ventions in the Vancouver-area the most popular con- vention spot in B.C. are ex- pected to di op to about 200 this year from 230 last yuai Despite t'le rfec'ine, conven- tions uil! bring million to i V a n c o u v e r and more than visitors. Vancouver tour- ist information officials say the reason for Hie drop this year is thai conventions usually are planned three (o five years in advance and this season's tie- and if past statistics hold true, j rellccl, uncertain business about half of the US visitors condltlons that far hack will be entering and leaving on a m- the same day i crcaie lhe Of conven- B. C. expect-s to lure moie than two million U S visitors and about 75.000 from overseas. Most of the overseas tourists tions in the Vancouver area is expected in 1973 The trend toward the use of 1 campers and mobile homes by are expected to come from En-1 Amencan (oulisls 00ntm- rope but Lravel companies say j ue> and mav rcflecled in a there is an increase in tourists forecasl [nm lhe B.C Hotels from the Pacific rim countries. Association. whicn expects only particularly Japan