Ministers Clement and Van Loan Welcome Growth Opportunities Between Canada and China
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, met yesterday with key representatives of the Chinese travel industry as part of his involvement in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to discuss how to strengthen tourism ties between Canada and China.
Last December, Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed China's announcement that Canada will be granted Approved Destination Status. Achieving this designation was a major step forward for the Canadian tourism industry and has created new and valuable promotion opportunities in the Chinese tourism market.
"We look forward to supporting the Canadian tourism industry by continuing to promote Canada as a premier tourist destination," said Minister Clement. "More and more Chinese visitors are discovering the beauty and wonder that Canada has to offer, and they are realizing that this is one of the best places in the world in which to work, invest and innovate. Our government is putting the right conditions in place to see more growth in the tourism economy and is strengthening Canada's relationship with China."