TRAFFIC COUNTS AND TOURISM
Highway 97 provides a continuous corridor through Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley with external linkages to the United States, Highway 1 and the northern half of British Columbia. Tourism generates approximately $835 million in the Okanagan Valley annually with 53% of tourists visiting Kelowna in the summer.
Kelowna features the second fastest growing airport in North America. Located in the north east sector of the City, the Kelowna International Airport is in the final stages of a $20 million dollar expansion and provides direct passenger and cargo service to Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle and other major centres within BC and Alberta. 850,311 passengers passed through the terminal facilty in 2001. This level increased to 863,645 during 2003 and to 894,561 passengers in 2004.