Premier Welcomes Approved Destination Status With China
Tourism Change Will Help Create Jobs In Ontario
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty issued the following statement about Canada gaining Approved Destination Status with China:
"On behalf of all Ontarians, I want to thank China for extending Approved Destination Status to Canada. This will open the door to increased tourism between Ontario and China, which will both strengthen our economy and help deepen our relationship with the Chinese people.
Ontario can offer Chinese tourists an unforgettable experience -- from the beauty of our natural environment to the excitement of our cities. This approval will allow us to promote our province directly to tour operators in China and market Ontario as a destination of choice.
In 2007, over 88,000 Chinese visitors traveled to Ontario. Approved Destination Status is expected to boost the yearly rate of travel to Canada from China by up to 50 per cent by 2015.
I've had the pleasure of leading two Ontario trade missions to China. There is tremendous interest in all that our province has to offer. We will continue working to promote Ontario as a year-round destination to our friends and partners in China.
I know that the people working in Ontario's dynamic, innovative and creative tourism sector will help put our best foot forward in the Chinese market so that we can welcome more visitors from China and create more jobs in Ontario."