Harper Government Seeks to Attract More Indian Travellers to Canada in 2013

Harper Government Seeks to Attract More Indian Travellers to Canada in 2013 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/13 -- The Honourable Maxime
Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), is leading a
Canadian delegation to New Delhi and Jaipur this week to promote
Canada as a destination of choice for Indian travellers. 
"Canada and India have long-standing bilateral relations, built upon
shared values of democracy and pluralism, and strong people-to-people
links," said Minister of State Bernier. "Our relations are
strengthened through travel, trade, education and immigration, which
encourage mutual respect and understanding."  
India's middle class is experiencing impressive growth in terms of
both size and wealth. As India is one of the world's fastest-growing
outbound travel markets, it presents enormous potential for Canada's
tourism market. In recent years, Indian travellers have been among
the top ten international travellers to visit Canada.  
"As market share for tourism becomes more competitive
internationally, our government is working to position Canada's
tourism industry to seize new opportunities in emerging markets like
India," said Minister of State Bernier. "We are working with industry
to welcome even more Indian travellers this year to create jobs and
growth in Canada, while deepening our relationship with our Indian
Minister of State Bernier will be accompanied by David Goldstein,
President and CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada; Janice
Price, Chair, Festivals and Major Events Canada; Michael Hannan,
President, Brewster Inc.; Marilyn Bell, Executive Director, Tour and
Wholesale, Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotels; Gopal Rao, Regional
General Manager, South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group; Arun
Pandeya, General Manager-India, Air Canada; and Michele McKenzie,
President and CEO, Canadian Tourism Commission. 
During his visit, the Minister of State will meet with
representatives from the Indian government and with Indian and
Canadian tourism operators to build on the Harper Government's
commitment under Canada's Federal Tourism Strategy to increase
awareness of Canada as a premier tourism destination while seeking to
reduce barriers to international travel for our visitors.  
Photos of the Minister of State's tourism mission to New Delhi and
Jaipur will be available in the Photo Gallery on the Industry Canada
Scott French
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
Media Relations
Industry Canada
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