Ontario Establishes Closer Ties With China
McGuinty Government Highlights Opening of Maple Leaf Wines Store in Zhengzhou
A new Maple Leaf Wines store is now open in China. Ministers Pupatello and Chan attended the official opening of Maple Leaf Wines in the city of Zhengzhou, the capital of China's Henan Province.
The owners of Maple Leaf Wines will feature Ontario wines including the award-winning Pelee Island Winery's table and ice wines to Chinese consumers.
Ontario is taking proactive steps to market its tourism, business and financial sectors in China.
Working to attract international investment and attracting more Chinese visitors is part of the government's five-year Open Ontario Plan to strengthen economic growth and create jobs for families.
- For 2009, Ontario's goods exports to China were valued at $1.64 billion, an increase of almost 58 per cent since 2005.
- By 2012, visitors from China are expected to grow an average of 20 per cent in Ontario to an estimated 111,000 visitors.
- Approximately one million tourists visit Ontario wineries each year.
“Ontario's has more than 150 wineries producing a variety of wines that are recognized around the world for their quality and taste. Ontario has a vibrant trade and business relationship with China and we are proud that China is promoting the Maple Leaf Wines store, which will be offering Pelee Island Winery wines.”
“More of our friends from China will now experience a bit of Ontario with the opening of Maple Leaf Wines in Henan. China's Approved Destination Status with Canada will permit Chinese visitors to explore Ontario's natural beauty, dynamic cities and warm culture. This will help support the tourism industry and create jobs here in Ontario.”