Montreal-Beijing direct flight already showing big impact
Since it was launched on Sept 29, the first direct flight linking Beijing and Montreal has already boosted tourism exchange between the two cities.
The Beijing High-Level Tourism Resources Showcase hosted by Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development (BMCTD) was held in Montreal on Oct 16. Officials from the Quebec and Montreal tourist administrations and representatives from local travel agencies, tourist institutions and tourist representatives attended.
The showcase presented customized tour packages created by the commission in Beijing, with titles such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sports Events, Festivals and Exhibitions, the Creative Industry or Cultural Performances.
“We try to help tourists in North America have a better understanding of Beijing and enlarge the tourism market,” said Zhang Jun, director of BMCTD. “It will provide opportunities for local tourism industries and inbound groups to get to know each other and enhance cooperation between us in the new market.”
“What we’re trying to do is not only welcome Chinese visitors to Montreal, but also encourage people in Montreal to go to China as well,” said Michel Bourdon, vicepresident of Montreal Tourism. “We are expecting 100,000 clients and visitors from China from now through 2017.”
According to Bourdon, Montreal is the main gateway to eastern Canada’s unique history and culture, and is a very secure city with lots of things for Chinese visitors to explore.
Montreal travel agencies showed a high level of interest in Beijing.
“I think everybody here is excited about this new market between China and Montreal with the launch of the new flight from Beijing to Montreal,” said Nathalie De Grandmont, a travel agent in Montreal. “We’re looking forward to many more Chinese visitors coming to Montreal, and this flight will help. Now we can cooperate better between the markets with this bridge connecting the two cultures.”