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Attention Niagara Tour Operators, China is Coming!

During Prime Minister Harper’s visit to China in December 2009, China announced that it granted Canada Approved Destination Status, which allows Chinese nationals to travel to Canada in a leisure group tour format. Currently, Canada’s Embassy in Beijing is working closely with the Chinese Government to implement Approved Destination Status.   ADS allows approved Canadian ADS tour operators to receive Chinese nationals into Canada in a leisure group tour format through ADS approved travel agents in China including those that have been authorized by the CNTA.

Canada received about 159,927 visitors from China in 2008 (+5.26% over 2007).  What will be the impact to tourism in Canada? I don’t know but the population of China is 1.3 billion.  Even if a small percentage decides to travel to Canada, I know that one of the preferred destinations will be Niagara Falls.

“The Chinese market is promising, but we have not yet received confirmation of any Niagara Falls tour operator being approved” says a representative from TorontoTours.ca

I really do hope that Niagara Falls tour operators receive approval.

Tour Operator Application Form: http://www.tiac.travel/china/ITOAP.pdf

Photo Credit: http://mediacentre.canada.travel/

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