Industry Canada

Industry Canada

March 01, 2010 11:00 ET

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."

"Since 2006, our trade with China has risen by $8.5 billion," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade. "The Approved Destination Status designation will further strengthen our increasingly growing and prosperous trade relationship. Our government's forward-looking relationship with China will continue to benefit all Canadians."

China has one of the world's fastest growing markets for outbound tourism. In 2008, visits to Canada by Chinese citizens increased over 5 percent from the previous year. Once Canadian tour operators develop new group expeditions, even more Chinese travellers will have the opportunity to visit Canada.

The Government of Canada promotes Canadian tourism internationally through the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC); China is one of the CTC's key global markets. The Chinese travel industry was invited to Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games as part of the CTC's Meetings, Conventions and Incentive Travel (MC&IT) program.

In addition, as part of the CTC's 2010 Olympic Torch Relay International Media Program, Chinese Olympic speed-skating medallists Yang Yang and Ye Qiaobo each carried the flame on Canadian soil. The program was developed in collaboration with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Following the Games, the global spotlight will shine on Canada again this summer when we host the G8 and G20 meetings. Attention will shift to China during Expo 2010 in Shanghai, which will run from May through October. At the Canada Pavilion in Shanghai, Canada will showcase its innovation to visitors from around the world. The Government of Canada will continue to support initiatives that will help strengthen our economic ties with China.

The Government of Canada is a major and committed funding partner in delivering the successful 2010 Winter Games and will strive to maximize Canadians' investment in them. Hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is a unique opportunity for Canada to showcase its accomplishments and innovations to the world while realizing sustainable environmental, social, cultural, and economic benefits across the country and for all Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan, Press Secretary
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations