At the Ottawa Tourism’s invitation, Chinese Embassy chargé d'affaires a.i. Wang Wentian witnessed the signing of an MOU on charter flight cooperation between Ottawa Tourism and Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Service Co. Ltd on 30 June 2015. Over 100 people attended the signing ceremony, including Ottawa Tourism President and CEO Noel Buckley, Nanhu Travel Vice President Chen Zhichao, 60 Chinese tourists on the inaugural Canada Day tour to Ottawa and representatives of the Ottawa tourism industry. Mr. Wang Wentian, Mr. Noel Buckley and Mr. Chen Zhichao addressed the ceremony respectively.
The Chinese chargé d'affaires applauded the MOU signing as another achievement of China-Canada cultural and people-to-people exchanges. He said Canada is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Chinese. Since China granted Canada the approved destination status in 2010, the number of Chinese tourists to Canada has increased 20 percent every year. China is now Canada’s third largest source of foreign tourists. The China-Canada reciprocal ten-year multiple-entry visa arrangements, which were concluded last March, and the launch of Beijing-Montreal direct flight scheduled for September this year will greatly facilitate two-way interflow between our people. He also expressed the hope that China and Canada will make joint efforts to enhance tourism cooperation, and promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges, thus further strengthening the China-Canada strategic partnership.
According to the MOU, Nanhu International Travel will organise charter flight tours for 1,000 Chinese tourists to visit Ottawa on the occasion of Canada Day in 2016.