Tourism in Nanaimo: A local's perspective

If You Live in Nanaimo, You’re Richer Than You Think

January 9, 2018 - 11:38am Updated: January 11, 2018 - 6:05pm

NANAIMO — As a Nanaimo resident, you are a stakeholder in B.C.’s $15 billion industry — and it’s growing at a record pace here on the Island.

It’s not Amazon...it’s the visitor economy.

1,200 B.C. businesses were recently asked to rank the importance of the province's primary industries over the next five to 10 years. Fifty-two per cent placed tourism at the very top. The industry currently provides 127,000 jobs for over 9,000 businesses in B.C.

By: Scott Littlejohn

Scott Littlejohn is the community engagement and marketing coordinator for Living Forest Oceanside Campground and RV Park. The Littlejohn family has been in the tourism business nearly 40 years, and Scott has also served on the board of Tourism Nanaimo and Tourism Vancouver Island. Celebrating Vancouver Island is his passion and career.