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Canada Receives Approved Destination Status from China

December 03 2009
Posted by:jpereira

Canadian tourism industry applauds vital and historic announcement

By The Tourism Industry Association of Canada

OTTAWA, ON, December 3, 2009 ─ In an announcement of great significance to Canada’s tourism sector, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that China has granted Approved Destination Status to Canada.

This agreement will allow Chinese citizens to more easily obtain tourist visas to travel to Canada for leisure purposes. The ADS agreement will also authorize Chinese travel agencies to market and promote leisure group tours for travel in Canada.

“This is a vital and historic announcement for Canada’s tourism industry,” said Randy Williams, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. “The Approved Destination Status agreement with China will allow Canada’s tourism industry to tap into the world’s most significant emerging outbound tourism market, and will provide us with greater opportunities to grow our businesses while sharing all that Canada has to offer with our friends in China.”

By 2020, China is expected to be the world’s largest outbound market, producing some 100 million outbound tourists. With an emerging middle class that is increasingly looking to spend its disposable income on travel and tourism, there is a tremendous opportunity for Canada to attract a significant flow of visitors across the Pacific.

The Conference Board of Canada estimates that an Approved Destination Status agreement will increase the annual rate of travel to Canada from China by as much as 50 per cent by 2015.

“TIAC sincerely appreciates the good work done by the government and the relevant departments to finalize this important agreement for our sector’s competitiveness,” said Williams. “In particular, we would like to acknowledge the Prime Minister, the Minister of State for Tourism, Diane Ablonczy, and the Minister of International Trade Stockwell Day, for their determination in moving this file forward at a critical juncture in the development of Canada’s tourism industry.”



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