Vacancies at campgrounds, motels 

The BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association (BCLCA) has reported that small operators such as motels, small resorts, RV parks and campgrounds, are experiencing a decline in business this year.

In July a survey of BCLCA members indicated that 74 per cent of the respondents had empty rooms over the July holiday weekend and close to 18 per cent had occupancy rates of less than 50 per cent.

In the same survey, reservations for the month of July 2004 showed a decline of 45 per cent from those in the same month in 2003.

Tourism across the province has not rebounded to the extent that the industry had hoped. Though some of B.C.’s more popular destinations are doing well this is not the case in smaller communities such as Oliver, Penticton, Boswell and Sorrento.

— Council of Tourism Associations of B.C. News

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