The tourism industry encompasses accommodation and food services, transportation, adventure tourism and recreation, attractions, events and conferences, the travel trade and retail. Tourists are drawn to Nanaimo’s natural beauty and enjoy a variety of recreational activities, cultural amenities, and a range of accommodation choices.

There are 597 businesses in the accommodation and food service sectors, accounting for 9.2% of all business licenses in Nanaimo. The Accommodation and food service sector is the fourth largest employment sector in Nanaimo, accounting for 8.5% of the total labour market, providing 4,235 jobs (2022 Esri).

For more information visit our Business Resources page or the Tourism of Nanaimo’s website.

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