May 28, 2014 – Vancouver – Industry Canada
Today, Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture), highlighted the concrete actions taken by the Government of Canada in support of the Canadian tourism industry's efforts to attract international visitors during an address at Rendez-vous Canada.
While reinforcing the importance of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) in the promotion of Canada's tourism brand abroad, the Minister of State also encouraged the international buyers in attendance to take advantage of networking opportunities and to learn about the unique experiences that Canada has to offer.
- Tourism revenues, GDP and employment all experienced growth in 2013.
- In 2013, tourism revenues in Canada grew by 3% to over $84 billion.
- In 2013, Canada received 16.6 million overnight trips by non-residents, an increase of 1.5% from 2012.
- The number of tourism jobs in 2013 reached 618,100, an increase of 1.4%, compared to 2012.
About Rendez-vous Canada:
- Rendez-vous Canada is an annual event and a gateway that allows international buyers to meet with Canadian sellers and learn more about Canada's tourism products.
- The Vancouver Convention Centre in British Columbia is hosting Rendez-vous Canada 2014 from May 27 to 30.
- More than 1,500 international travel professionals will attend Rendez-vous Canada 2014 and will participate in 24,000 pre-scheduled face-to-face business appointments.
- This year represents one of the best-ever attendance of foreign buyers with 475 from 28 countries, which include all of the CTC's key markets.
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Laurence Gagnon d'Entremont
Office of the Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture)