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Quebec, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): Mélanie Joly, Canada's Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie in her cross-country listening tour, was pleased to hear from front-line tourism sector experts in Quebec, media reports said.
Tourism represents 2 percent of Canada’s gross domestic product, supports supports 1.8 million tourism jobs in Canada.
The Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec reported that approximately 355,100 jobs and 32,000 businesses in Quebec were supported by tourism industry.
During her tourism roundtables in Belœil, Cookshire-Eaton, Jonquière and Rimouski, since Nov 2018, Joly gained valuable insight from key tourism stakeholders, which, she said, would help maximize Canada’s tourism potential.
The creation of Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy by Joly before the commencement of her listening tour, would reportedly help identify important issues of Canada's tourism sector as well as provide advice and recommendations on increasing its competitiveness.
Joly said that would continue her listening tours, which, she hoped would expand tourism opportunities in Canada in attracting new visitors in every region, rural and urban, of the country.
“Our government knows that tourism helps every part of the country...Their unique experiences and the work of the Council will inform our new federal tourism strategy to maximize Canada’s potential. The future is bright for Canadian tourism,” said Joly.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)