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Tuesday,  June 18, 2024 8:34 PM 

TIAC applauds plans to increase Chinese tourists

TIAC applauds plans to increase Chinese tourists

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is applauding the recent announcement by the Government of Canada and the People's Republic of China to increase tourism between the two countries, which will see seven additional visa application centres open in China.

To date, VACs were limited to major Chinese cities making it more difficult for potential travellers in other cities to apply for visas. With a rapidly growing middle class and a hunger for travel, VACs in more areas of China will make it easier for potential Chinese travellers to make Canada their destination of choice, TIAC said.

Chinese visitation to Canada is up 23 per cent in the first six months of this year, and with a 45 per cent jump in June numbers over 2015.

According to TIAC's most recent report with Visa Canada, Chinese travellers spent $372 million dollars on travel in the summer of 2015 - 10.4 per cent of overall inbound volume.