B.C. tourism revenues face uncertain future

The government sees a murky future for provincial tourism revenues, scrubbing its forecast for 2012 and refusing to make one for 2013 as a result the "current high degree of global economic uncertainty." But, looking toward the past, its view of the past is even dimmer. In its most recent service plan, the ministry of tourism, trade and investment lowered tourism revenue estimate for 2010 - the year of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games - by $400 million, from $13.4 billion to $13 billion. By comparison, those revenues were $12.9 billion in 2009 and $13.8 billion in 2008.

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