Though it’s been 11 days since the new year, Langley officials could look back at 2016 as being the best year ever for the city in terms of visitor generated revenue.
The Langley Chamber of Commerce’s semi-annual report at the Langley City Council’s regular monthly meeting contained several positive increases in statistics, including a 21 percent rise in visitors to the Langley Visitor Center (8,003 total) and a 13 percent increase in viewership on the web (225,773 page views).
Mayor Tim Callison said the results directly correlate to an increase in sales tax revenue and hotel-motel accomodation tax revenues.
“We know we’re on track for the best year ever in Langley’s history, in terms of both of those categories,” Callison said at the meeting.
Robin Black, president of the chamber of commerce, said that increased trips to the visitor center leads to referrals for where to stay in Langley and recommendations for where to “play, eat and shop.”