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New Program from the Tourism Industry Association of Canada and Destination Canada Set to Help Canadian Tourism Industry Succeed in the Growing Chinese Market

posted on April 24, 2016

MONTRÉAL, QC April 24, 2016 - The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and Destination Canada (DC) announced a new China engagement strategy called the Canada-China Tourism Advancement (CCTA) program at Canada's premier international tourism marketplace, Rendez-Vous Canada 2016. CCTA expands on the Canada China Inbound Tour Operator Registration Program to help all members of Canada's tourism industry take advantage of growth opportunities in the Chinese marketplace.

"TIAC takes pride in the achievements of the ADS program including an average annual growth rate of 24% per year generating over $3B in revenue," said Charlotte Bell, President & CEO of TIAC. "However, the Chinese market is changing due to the new 10-year multiple visa, the growth of the Free and Independent Travel (FIT) segment, increased air capacity, as well as increased competition. TIAC understands that to truly capitalize on the opportunities, a more coordinated, sophisticated and broader platform needs to be developed."

"We are pleased to partner with TIAC to move Canada's tourism industry from "China Ready" to "China Ambitious,"" stated David Goldstein, President & CEO of DC. "Chinese travellers are looking to explore the world, and this agreement will help us make Canada their number one destination of choice."

While maintaining and growing the Canada-China Inbound Tour Operator Registration program, the CCTA program provides a coordinated platform to develop tourism assets that support the Canada brand developed by Destination Canada through the following:

  • Provide Chinese market readiness programs
  • Relevant trade missions
  • Coordinate and present bi-lateral forums
  • Develop meaningful partnerships with Chinese tourism related organizations and the investment community
  • Update the Registration Program with new measurements for reputation management and better promotion for registered tour operators.

China's UnionPay International has joined the CCTA program as a key partner. Pilot projects to be launched in 2016 include: a trade mission to China with financial support from Global Affairs Canada via the Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program, a partnership with Tourism Nova Scotia in destination development for the Chinese market and an industry bi-lateral forum with the Shanghai Huangpu Hotel Association hosted in Canada.



Rob Taylor
Vice President, Public and Industry Affairs
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
t: 613-238-6251
c: 613-716-5442


About the Tourism Industry Association of Canada

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is the only national organization representing the full cross-section of Canada's $90.5 billion tourism industry. TIAC's members include air and passenger rail services, airport authorities, local and provincial destination authorities, hotels, attractions and tour operators.

About Destination Canada

Destination Canada is Canada's national tourism marketing organization. A federal Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, DC leads the Canadian tourism industry in marketing Canada as a premier four-season tourism destination. With partners in the tourism industry and all levels of government, DC promote Canada's extraordinary experiences in leisure markets around the world, conducts market research and provides resources and toolkits to promote the Canada brand: Canada. Keep Exploring.