Canada and China get ready to celebrate a successful year promoting two-way tourism

News release

Minister Joly will participate in a series of events to mark the end of the Canada-China Year of Tourism

December 5, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Canada and China enjoy strong people-to-people and business-to-business ties. The 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism (CCYT) has helped both nations strengthen these bonds. More tourists from China bring more investment. That dynamic creates economic growth in our communities and good middle class jobs across Canada.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, will join members of Canada’s and China’s tourism communities in Beijing from December 17 to December 20 to host a series of events celebrating the successful conclusion of CCYT.

Minister Joly will open the Government of Canada’s Canadian Winter Sport and Tourism Exhibition, which will be part of the Meet in 2022—Snow and Ice Culture Festival. The exhibition will showcase Canadian winter sports, culture, cuisine and tourism products in anticipation of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

Accomplishments during CCYT include a successful Canadian tourism trade mission to China in June. That effort resulted in seven agreements to expand tourism links, including one involving the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. Another CCYT initiative is the recently launched series of China readiness workshops in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). They will help Canadian tourism operators better understand the Chinese market and welcome more Chinese visitors to Canada.

Quotes

I am delighted to join members of our tourism communities as we celebrate a wonderful year for Canada-China tourism. In the first nine months of 2018, a record number of Chinese visitors—more than 580,000were drawn to Canada’s world-renowned natural heritage, multicultural cities, and rich Indigenous cultures. We still have plenty of work to do, but our goal is to double the number of tourists from China by 2021, which will lead to the creation of new economic opportunities and jobs for the middle class.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner, third-largest source of tourists, and largest and fastest-growing source market for international students.

  • In 2016, the average Chinese visitor spent more while on holiday in Canada than other visitors ($2,500).

  • Since China granted approved destination status to Canada in 2010, the number of tourists from China has grown from 195,000 in 2010 to 682,000 in 2017.

  • Canada welcomed a record number of Chinese visitors—more than 580,000—in the first nine months of 2018.

  • Canada’s goal is to double the number of Chinese visitors by 2021.

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Contacts

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Jeremy Ghio
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
Jeremy.Ghio@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
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