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Blog by Doug Treleaven | October 19th, 2006

Overall, Tourism Whistler is predicting room nights from May to the end of October 2006 to be up 13 percent from 2005, with monthly rates on par or ahead of the peak numbers of 2002.

Whistler's growing reputation as a mountain bike destination also brought visitors to the resort, with the Whistler Mountain Bike park again breaking records with rider numbers of  98,000 - an increase of 10 per cent over the previous year.  Each year since 1999 the bike park has broken the previous year's records with double digit growth.

Golf was also successful, with total golf rounds at Whistler's three courses up and Big Sky Golf and Country Club in Pemberton up 3 per cent compared to last year.

Whistler Mountaineer exceeded it's projections with 50,000 guests - 39 per cent over what they expected.

Tourism Whistler is expecting strong bookings for the coming winter, with a forecasted increase of 3 percent over last year. Last year's season was the best in several years, based on the strong interest in value package deals, the exceptional snow, and increased visibility because of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.