Vancouver Island Chosen a Top Region by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022

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Immediate Release, October 27, 2021, Nanaimo, B.C. – Vancouver Island has been selected as a Top Region by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022, and the only Canadian destination to make the annual list of top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit in the year ahead as recommended by the globally recognized guidebook and travel publishing company.

Lonely Planet’s number one region for 2022 is the Westfjords, Iceland; West Virginia, USA comes in second; and Xingshuabanna, China is third. Vancouver Island is number nine of ten. See all top 10 lists here.

“We are honoured to receive such positive recognition for Vancouver Island at a time when our tourism industry is embarking on a road to recovery,” says Anthony Everett, President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island. “As international visitors begin to travel again, they will look to trusted travel authorities such as Lonely Planet for direction on which destinations to choose first.”

Best in Travel 2022 is Lonely Planet’s 17th annual edition. This year places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences, ensuring travellers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go. Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.

“This criteria is particularly meaningful given Tourism Vancouver Island’s dedication to developing and promoting responsible and sustainable travel in the Vancouver Island region,” adds Janet Docherty, Chair of Tourism Vancouver Island’s Board of Directors. “We thank the residents of Vancouver Island for contributing to making the region a special place to live and visit.”

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About Tourism Vancouver Island:
As one of five regional destination management and marketing organizations in British Columbia, Tourism Vancouver Island’s mission is to lead Vancouver Island’s evolution into a globally preferred travel destination. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the association represents tourism stakeholders throughout the region, including Victoria, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and a stretch of mainland coast between Moses and Bute Inlets. 

Media contact:

Anthony Everett, President & CEO
Tourism Vancouver Island
Cell: 250-640-1604 |