Did you know that the governments of China and Canada have mutually proclaimed 2018 the Canada China Year of Tourism?

This designation, which was formally announced by Prime Minister Trudeau in September 2017, will see both countries explore future measures to facilitate the travel flow of tourists, and implement tourism promotion activities in Canada and China.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in China in early December where he promoted Canada as a destination in Beijing

In addition: 

  • Destination Canada signed a memorandum of understanding with Sina Weibo (one of China's top online media companies) to promote Canada as a destination among millennials. See details here.
  • Seven new Canadian visa application centres have recently opened in China in the cities of Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Shenyang and Wuhan.  See details  here
  • The logo for Canada – China Year of Tourism revealed on Monday’s at the Sina Building in Beijing.

Quick facts

  • China is one of Canada’s fastest-growing tourism markets and our third-largest source of tourism. 
  • China is Vancouver largest overseas tourism market. More than 280,000 Chinese visit Vancouver each year. 
  • Nearly 610,000 Chinese tourists visited Canada in 2016, an increase of more than 20% on average each year since 2011, and spent an estimated $1.25 billion. That number is expected to grow significantly over the next four years.
  • Over five per cent of Canada's population has Chinese ancestry, and Mandarin and Cantonese are Canada's third and fourth most widely spoken languages.

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