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This week saw two groups of foreigners arriving on Canada’s west
coast. The government’s welcome can only be compared as Day and Night.
Here’s what the Harper Government issued upon the arrival of a group of
Chinese tourists:

Harper Government Welcomes First Official Chinese Tour Groups

Vancouver,
British Columbia, August 18, 2010 — Several hundred Chinese tourists
arrived at the Vancouver International Airport today, as the Government
of Canada officially opened its doors under the Approved Destination
Status (ADS) agreement with China.

Enthusiastic travellers from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhouwere
greeted at Vancouver International Airport by the Honourable Stockwell
Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia–Pacific
Gateway.

“I’m delighted to be here to welcome our guests from China and to
mark this important day for the Canadian tourism industry,” said
Minister Day. “Now that Approved Destination Status between our two
countries is fully operational — and with an expected 100 million
international travellers from China overall by 2020 — doors are opening
to attract even more visitors from China.”

“This is an exciting occasion for our country, and we are proud to
showcase some of Canada’s most exciting attractions to the Chinese
delegation,” said the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small
Business and Tourism). “We hope that Canada becomes a top‑of‑mind
destination for Chinese travellers and that today’s arrival is just the
first of many.”

“On behalf of all British Columbians, I welcome our Chinese guests
to Canada and to British Columbia and I thank the federal government
for its efforts in securing Canada Approved Destination Status with
China,” said the Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of British
Columbia. “This agreement will be a boost to our tourism industry, and
we are looking forward to many more visits in the future. Canada‘s
Approved Destination Status is expected to result in an increase in
Chinese visitors to B.C. by 10 percent in 2010 alone and an additional
15 percent in each of the next two years.”

These first tour groups will start exploring British Columbia,
Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, where they will take in the iconic and the
extraordinary. The Chinese visitors were accompanied upon arrival by an
official delegation of the China National Tourism Administration
(CNTA), headed by Vice Chairman Du Jiang. The CTNA delegation will also
enjoy a separate tour to get to know Canada better.

Canada–China relations continue to strengthen following the official
signing of the Approved Destination Status agreement. The agreement was
historically signed in Canada this past June, following Prime Minister
Stephen Harper’s successful visit to China last December. Approved
Destination Status with China will allow the tourism industry to
actively market Canadian tourism in China, one of the fastest growing
outbound markets.

CTC President and CEO Michele McKenzie notes that “the growth in the
China market over the next two years will indeed be fuelled by leisure
group travel, and we’re very excited to see these groups starting to
arrive. We also have high expectations and strategies in place for
increased business to Canada’s meetings, incentive and convention
sector as well as independent travel. The important thing will be to
market collaboratively with our partners in China under a very strong
Canada tourism brand in order to have maximum impact — and that’s what
we’ll do.”

To strengthen tourism, Canada’s Economic Action Plan is investing in
attractions and premiere events while increasing marketing and
promotion efforts to highlight to the world all that Canada has to
offer. In addition, the government is supporting the Canadian Tourism
Commission with an additional $8 million for marketing initiatives and
programs to promote Canada as a destination of choice to visitors in
key international markets such as China.

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