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Published on : Monday, January 25, 2016
Indian tourist arrivals in Canada have witnessed a remarkable growth of 24 per cent in the month of October 2015 as compared to same month in 2014. Around 169,744 Indian tourists have visited Canada from January to October 2015.
Mr. SanJeet, India Representative – Destination Canada, said, “A rise in 24 per cent arrivals from India proves that Indians are now looking at exploring Canada for its exclusivity. In 2015, we promoted Canada extensively with the travel trade as well as consumers. We recently were awarded as the Best NTO at North India Travel Awards. It makes us really proud and we hope to continue with such and much more achievements in 2016.”
Applauding the rise in number of travellers, industry players share their views:
Ms. Nagsri Prasad – Senior Consultant, Outbound Holidays – Mercury Travels
“Canada is a hugely growing market for us and that is very evident with the 20%+ growth in the bookings we have had in our company. The main attribute I see for this growth is the constant innovation of product and also the holistic campaigns undertaken by Destination Canada in India which engages the direct end consumer as well as the travel trade. The past year has seen clients travelling more and more on self drive along the Rockies and also in the East from Toronto to Montreal and Quebec.”
Mr. Guldeep Singh Sahni – President OTOAI, MD – Weldon Tours & Travels
“Canada is one of the most sought-after long haul destinations from India. 24% growth in tourist traffic to Canada is a very good sign. A lot of queries came from family and honeymoon travellers. Hats off to the Destination Canada team for the wonderful work they did.”
India is Canada’s 10th largest overseas market which makes it an attractive key market. The CAN+ Visa program in India has eased and fast-tracked the visa process for travellers going to Canada, fostering the India market and boosting the count of leisure travellers. Canada has captured a greater share of India’s long-haul outbound market over the past few years. With strong arrivals from India, Canada’s tourism sector continues to experience steady growth.