Chinese tourism to Canada expected to set records in 2018

Published on : Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Chinese tourism to CanadaAccording to Destination Canada, the official government body promoting travel to Canada, around 750,000 Chinese tourists are expected to visit Canada by the end of 2017, which is a 23% increase over the previous year. In 2018, this trend is expected to continue.

More and more Chinese travelers are expected to visit North America in the next two years, and nearly all of them (97%) would be going for leisure travel. One-third plan to visit Vancouver and 28% intend to travel to Toronto. These are encouraging figures in the wake of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing in September that initiatives for boosting travel between the two nations will be launched in 2018.

Lara Barlow, General Manager, Canada, for Travelzoo said, “China and Canada are building a strong relationship in tourism. From the top destination for the Chinese—the Rocky Mountains—to the most-visited cities of Vancouver and Toronto, Canada’s sites look set to continue to attract record numbers of Chinese visitors.”

China is an important market for the Canadian tourism industry. Chinese visitors alone contribute more than $1 billion to the Canadian economy, supporting an estimated 7,400 jobs. A 2016 international travel survey also conducted by Statistics Canada found the average stay in Canada for a Chinese tourist is 24 days.

Chinese tourists are especially attracted by Canada’s outstanding natural beauty. Canada and China have been working together for making travel between the two countries much easier. Since summer of this year, travellers can now fly directly to Canada from 11 cities in China. Now due to the recent opening of seven new visa application centres across China, it is easier and quicker for Chinese travellers to apply for their Canadian visas.


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