Canada sees double-digit growth in 2018 from India and China

Canada has recorded a 17 per cent growth in Indian leisure and business travellers in the January-September 2018 period. The increase in the number of daily flights from two major Indian cities, Mumbai and Delhi, and an increasing perception of Canada as an aspirational destination has helped the growth of incentive and business travel too.

“We see huge potential in the growing MICE market in India. With the increase in connectivity, we expect this segment to grow,” said Rupert Peters, regional managing director, Europe, Australia and India of Destination Canada. “With the growing number of Indians visiting Canada, we expect the sub-continent to be at the fifth or sixth spot (among source markets) going forward,” added Peters. The US, UK, China, France and Germany are the top five source markets for the Canadian inbound travel market.

“I am delighted to join members of our tourism communities as we celebrate a wonderful year for Canada-China tourism. In the first nine months of 2018, a record number of Chinese visitors — more than 580,000 — were drawn to Canada’s world-renowned natural heritage, multicultural cities, and rich Indigenous cultures. We still have plenty of work to do, but our goal is to double the number of tourists from China by 2021, which will lead to the creation of new economic opportunities and jobs for the middle class,” commented Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. The 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism has yielded very encouraging results.