BC is continuing to see a surge in international visitors.
But the government is also hoping a low Canadian dollar encourages British Columbians to spend their vacation dollars at home.
The latest numbers show an almost 8-percent increase in international travelers to BC, for a total of 4.9-million tourists.
Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says a sagging loonie is encouraging visitors from south of the line, but is also forcing BC-residents to opt for staycations.
“When someone may have considered traveling outside of the province before, I know they’re taking a second look at that.”
Bond says this spring and summer, the province will be encouraging people to Explore BC and choose travel destinations closer to home.
Tourism Vancouver CEO Ty Speer says a low Loonie makes a big impact on Canadians.
“..who are deciding, that whereas they might have gone south of the border or perhaps even across to Europe for one of their holidays, they’re deciding because of the currency, they might find more interesting things to do within Canada.”
In all, tourism accounts for about 7.1-billion dollars of BC’s GDP.
BC tourism say a spike in international tourists, especially from France.
There was a huge boost in travelers from France, with visits up almost 33%.
The province credits new flights and the elimination of the jet fuel tax in 2012, which makes air travel cheaper.
The number of tourists visiting BC from japan was up 15.5-percent, while Americans increased trips by almost 10-percent.
The ministry is also crediting its marketing strategy.