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China Southern Airlines welcomed at Canada's Asia Pacific Gateway

Canadian Tourism Commission projects new air service will generate up to $72 million a year for Canada.

The inaugural flight of non-stop service between Canada and China's most populous province, Guangdong, touched down in Vancouver today, widening the gate to a lucrative tourism market. As of today, China Southern Airlines, Asia's premier airline offers three flights per week between Guangzhou and Vancouver.

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) anticipates the service to bring up to 44,000 Chinese travellers to Canada every year, pulling an additional $72 million into Canada's economy. As a result, CTC expects to see $22 million more in government revenues, with 600 Canadian jobs created and sustained.

Says Greg Klassen, CTC's senior vice-president, Marketing Strategy & Communications, "Following Approved Destination Status granted last June,  Canada is seizing every opportunity to promote extraordinary travel experiences to Chinese travellers; as marketers we reach out to them but need visionary operators like China Southern Airlines to open up new markets and deliver the customers. Today marks a whole new opportunity for growth."

To capitalize on the new route, a partnership of Canada's tourism marketers, including the CTC, Government of BCTourism Vancouver and Vancouver Airport Authority, has come together to promote Canada in a big way in Guangzhou. The CTC already actively markets Canada in Beijing and Shanghai.

"The CTC has built strong relationships with Chinese tour operators over the last five years and the new China Southern Airlines route is a great example of progress," says Derek Galpin, CTC's managing director for China. "A 'united Canada' approach is essential to success, and I'm happy to say we're on the right path."

For further information:

Margaret Nevin
Senior Communications Advisor / Conseillère en communications
Canadian Tourism Commission / Commission canadienne du tourisme
Tel / Tél 604.638.8406

Quinn Newcomb
Senior Policy Analyst & Communications Strategist / Analyste principal des politiques et stratège en communications
Canadian Tourism Commission / Commission canadienne du tourisme
Tel / Tél 604.638.8308

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