China-Canada Tourism Year 2018 launched in Toronto

Saturday, March 24, 2018


China-Canada Tourism YearThe China-Canada Tourism Year 2018 was launched in Toronto on Wednesday with an aim to fortify cooperation between China and Canada regarding tourism flows and investments.

The event was attended by high-level officials and hundreds of representatives from the tourism industry of both countries.

The Canadian Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger said at the ceremony that the tourism year will not only promote the industry, but will also boost mutual understanding and bilateral ties.

Chinese Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye said that the tourism year is indeed a high point in the relationship between China and Canada.

Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum said that the hosting of the Tourism Year program will open a new chapter of bilateral tourism exchange and cooperation and help proceed bilateral relations.

China is currently Canada’s second largest trading partner. In 2017, more than 1.5 million visits were made between the two countries, promoting people-to-people exchanges and bilateral cooperation.

Canada is aiming to double the number of Chinese tourists visiting Canada by 2021. It recently opened seven new visa application centers in China for facilitating trips of Chinese visitors.

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