In the wake of China granting Canada Approved Destination Status (ADS), the first inaugural group of about 300 tourists from China arrived in Canada this August, where they were greeted in a high profile welcome ceremony by Stockwell Day, President of of the Treasury Board and Federal Minster of Asia-Pacific Gateway, and British Columbia’s Premier Gordon Campbell. This group of tourists and tour operators came mainly from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong Province.
One of the main purposes for coming to Canada, according to the responses from a significant number of tourists, is to have a first hand look at the local environment and obtain school information in preparation for immigration in the future.
The opening of Canada as an Approved Destination by China is expected to bring significant benefits to the country’s economy. The Conference Board of Canada expects Chinese tourists to increase by 50% by 2015. In 2009, Chinese tourists injected CAD $260 million into the Canadian economy. In 2009, an average Chinese tourist spent $1,634 and stayed for 27.9 days while in the country.