Whistler Economic Highlights
Key Facts About Whistler Community
- Year round, Whistler attracts over 3 million visitors—both destination and regional—with approximately 40% of visitors in winter and 60% in summer, creating four-season cash flow potential.
- Whistler has over 12,000 permanent residents.
- Average population in Whistler per day is over 30,000 people. On average, visitors represent 60% of the daily population of Whistler.
- Approximately 80% of the population is between the ages of 15 and 64, and the average age is 36.3 years old. Over 60% of the population in Whistler has a college diploma or university degree, contributing to a young and well-educated workforce of over 15,800 employees.
- The resort encourages entrepreneurship and supports innovative investments.
- For more information about Whistler Facts and Figures, visit www.whistler.ca/monitoring
Economic Partnership Initiative
The Economic Partnership (EPI) Committee is composed of representatives from Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, the Hotel Association of Whistler, the RMOW, Whistler Chamber, as well as a Council-appointed community member-at-large. Each EPI Committee member contributes to the planning of Whistler's economic future, to improve the coordination and alignment between key stakeholders, as well as to produce a set of medium term (0 to 5 years) economic development and planning recommendations designed to lead Whistler towards the following goal:
A prosperous resort economy that continues to support a healthy, sustainable resort community; and remains consistent with our unique mountain culture.
The 2016 Key Findings and Economic Planning Report is a strategic medium-term plan designed to grow the resort tourism economy and encourage reinvestment in Whistler. The report summarizes the key findings from the updated 2014/15 economic modelling analyses, updates the progress against the previous strategic plan, and provides 45 phased recommended actions to optimize partners' efforts and support Whistler's ongoing economic success.