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Ottawa, Dec 21 (IBNS): 2018 had been officially named in September 2016 as Canada-China Year of Tourism by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, media reports said.
Image: Canada-China Year of Tourism. Image credit: ic.gc.ca
The two countries would reportedly be able to share deep bonds of friendship as well as allowing Canadians to celebrate its unique history.
In spite of the distance between the two countries being nearly 10,000 km, more than 610,000 Chinese tourists visited Canada in 2016 and Government of Canada aims is to double the number of Chinese tourists coming to Canada by 2021.
About 5 percent of Canada's population -- accounting for more than 1.7 million Canadians -- have Chinese ancestry and Canada is is well prepared to welcome record numbers of Chinese visitors.
Canadian tourism operators are also ready to showcase all the excitement and adventure that our country has to offer.
Today the most spoken languages in Canada after English and French are Mandarin and Cantonese.
Currently Canada’s second-largest trading partner after the United States is China.
In recent years seven new visa application centres have been opened by Canada in China to speed up the arrival of Chinese visitors to Canada.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)