Research

Programs

Research Program

We know the key to developing the tourism industry is having relevant data and insights about visitors. In 2020, Northern BC Tourism invested in a research program through the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat. The data is obtained from the Environics Analytics Visitor View Canada Program and allows us to see the volume of visitors to Northern BC, as well as the types of visitors who are coming to our region. It is possible to drill down to the community level through postal codes or geofencing. Please find below an infographic that provides some insight into the type of data we have begun to collect to support the region and communities in their efforts to strengthen their local tourism sector.

See The Big Picture For Informed Decision-Making

We know the key to developing the tourism industry is having relevant data and insights about visitors.

In 2020, Northern BC Tourism invested in a research program through the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat. The data is obtained from the Environics Analytics Visitor View Canada Program and allows us to see the volume of visitors to Northern BC, as well as the types of visitors who are coming to our region. It is possible to drill down to the community level through postal codes or geofencing.

Please find below an infographic that provides some insight into the type of data we have begun to collect to support the region and communities in their efforts to strengthen their local tourism sector.

How to use the Research 

Research Opportunities for Businesses

Want to know more about your existing customers? We can profile them using your postal codes. Want to know about visitors to your community or business? We can analyze them based on mobile visitation data. 

The NBCTA Community Research Program provides Regional District Level and community level visitor counts benchmarked against the Northern BC region as a whole. NBCTA continues to invest in Environics Analytics data which can provide unprecedented visitor insights to our region.

Contact us for more information on how we can provide market profiles.
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Regional Research

Click on the links below to view research for each of Northern BC's main tourism regions. 

Northeast BCPrince GeorgeNorthwest BC

Sector Reports

The below sector reports are meant to  create a tool for Businesses, Communities and Government Organizations to understand different target groups and apply the insights to marketing strategy and recovery plans.
Adventure enthusiastsCycling enthusiastsCulture & history enthusiastsCulinary enthusiastshiking & backpacking enthusiasts

Visitor Spend Data 

The ability to track and estimate spend on a Domestic and International level is important to gauge the tourism recovery process. The Visitor Intelligence Platform (VIP) from Destination Canada and Domo Inc. provides estimated spend on tourism in Canada from International, US States, and Domestic travellers.
Northern BC Visitor Spend INsights

Measuring Canadian Travel Patterns Weekly Reports 

With this dashboard we can easily compare visitor travel patterns (to prior weeks in 2021 and year over year 2019, and 2020).

Hotel Benchmarking

What is the STR Report?  For more than 30 years, research company STR collects rooms available, rooms sold, and room revenue from participating hotels which is then fed back (anonymously) to participants in reports to understand our own hotel’s performance.  The British Columbia Hotel Association and the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat are working together to provide the STR report to our stakeholders to better understand our performance within our markets. Regional data is provided weekly to each RDMO and participating hotels receive their own reports. 

Powered by the world’s largest hotel data sample, STR delivers confidential data on hotel occupancy, Average Daily Rate (ADR) and Revenue per Available Room (RevPar), for markets such as the tourism regions of BC.

Monthly Visitor Highlights: Northern BC


As the tourism industry continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCRTS will provide baseline research to support industry. This research and visitor analysis will help the tourism industry understand who is visiting our regions. This research also allows the industry to plan strategically to attract visitors

COVID-19 Tourism Impact Reports 

The reports are available to the public and participation in surveys are vital to this work so we thank all stakeholders who have, and who will, contribute.
View 2021 Reports
View 2020 Reports

Research Updates

NBCTA sends research updates via email on the first Friday of every month. Sign up to receive these updates in your inbox each month or read previous updates at the links to the right.

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Northern BC Tourism

1274 5th Avenue

Prince George, BC V2L 3L2

T: 250.561.0432

F: 250.561.0450

E: info@nbctourism.com

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