While international tourism has ground to a halt with the border closure in Canada, it appears British Columbians took advantage over the Summer to explore their own backyards.
“In the third quarter of 2020, from July to September 10,335 visitors stopped at the Merritt Visitor Information at the Baillie House. This was a 24% decrease over the number of visitors in 2019 due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions,” wrote Will George, Manager of Tourism.
While 10,335 visitors is certainly a decrease from the 13,591 visitors that stopped by in 2019, when looking strictly at the BC visitors, numbers actually increased.
In the third quarter of 2020, approximately 7,647 British Columbians came to the Baillie House, compared with 7,203 in 2019.
In 2019, the numbers were boosted by over 3,000 international travellers.
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