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costs low while de­liv­er­ing an ex­cep­tional air­port ex­pe­ri­ence.”

As a grow­ing hub and gate­way con­nect­ing Asia Pa­cific to the Amer­i­cas, YVR is the sec­ond-busiest air­port in Canada, con­nect­ing peo­ple and busi­nesses to more than 110 non­stop des­ti­na­tions world­wide. In 2014, it served more than 19 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, many from the Chi­nese main­land.

Ac­cord­ing to Des­ti­na­tion Canada, ar­rivals from China have risen 20 per­cent since 2014, mak­ing China Canada’s sec­ond-largest over­seas mar­ket.

In 2010, Canada was granted ap­proved des­ti­na­tion sta­tus by China, which al­lows the Canada Tourism Com­mis­sion and travel trade to ac­tively mar­ket Canada di­rectly to Chi­nese con­sumers.

In its latest of­fi­cial re­search, Canada was voted sec­ond­high­est in Chi­nese out­bound tourist sat­is­fac­tion in the fourth quar­ter of 2014. Many Chi­nese are drawn to the tourist at­trac­tions and ski re­sorts in Bri­tish Columbia, mak­ing Van­cou­ver an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion.

Tourism has cre­ated many job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals in Bri­tish Columbia, and also strength­ened the re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Canada in both the eco­nomic and cul­tural sec­tors.

“The open­ing of our new cen­tre marks a great day for Rich­mond and for the Lower Main­land,” said prop­erty gen­eral man­ager Rob Thur­low. “Not only are we open­ing a new and ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tion, of­fer­ing some of the best-loved names in fash­ion, we are also ini­tially cre­at­ing 600 new jobs at the cen­tre, with fur­ther jobs cre­ated in­di­rectly in the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly in the tourism sec­tor.”

YAXIN LIU / CHINA DAILY

From left: YVR Air­port Au­thor­ity pres­i­dent Craig Rich­mond; McArthur­Glen de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Gary Bond; Musqueam el­der Mary Charles, event host; Alice Wong, Cana­dian Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment; Teresa Wat, BC min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional trade; and Mal­com Brodie, mayor of Rich­mond, at­tend the open­ing cer­e­mony of the McArthur­Glen De­signer Out­let on July 9.

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