Canada paves the way for business travellers
Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of Confederation this year. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism in Canada and Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India, talk about tapping business travellers
Destination Canada along with Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada to India, organised a round table meeting with Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism in Canada, for the travel trade dignitaries as well as the media. During the meet, Chagger talked about growth opportunities and easing of visa issuance for Indians travelling to Canada and Canada's MICE potential.
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The country boasts of 10 provinces, three territories, and a plethora of tourist attractions
Destination Canada, has continuously sought markets of interest, including India, to spread awareness about the signature experiences that the country has to offer. Seeing tourism as an option to invite more visitors, Chagger says, “This year is Canada's 150th birthday, we also celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is an opportunity to really build a stronger relationship between India and Canada. We see tourism as an economic driver and will be working very closely with the high commissioner to see this initiative through.”
The country boasts of 10 provinces, three territories, and a plethora of tourist attractions that would bode well with any kind of traveller.
CONNECTIONS FROM INDIA
Both governments shall leave no stone unturned in ensuring suitable connectivity. Elaborating further, Chagger says, “On July 1, 2017, Air Canada will be launching another direct flight from Mumbai to Toronto. This is to achieve a better response to the needs of India.”
To further promote each tourism vertical, the ministry will be showcasing culinary tourism, indigenous tourism, and more such segments, beside business and leisure activities. Chagger says that Destination Canada and her team will be working closely so that people know more about them.
ENHANCING BUSINESS TRAVEL
“There are many people who come from the business world for conferences, conventions, trade shows, and so forth. We need to ensure that they are able to have that leisure experience and be aware of the signature experiences, be it a festival, an event, a concert or a great restaurant,” she says.
When it comes to experiences, Canada has seamless opportunities, be it Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, edge walk of CN tower, Fogo Island, or the northern lights in Yukon. “Whether you are coming for leisure, family or business, we want to ensure that we are going to give you a reason to come,” Chagger says.
TAPPING THE POTENTIAL
The relations between India and Canada have always been alive and well, but there is more potential that still remains untapped, feels Chagger. “It's a sentiment that is shared not only by Canadians, but, by Indians as well. That is why we want to ensure that we are listening and engaging and having those conversations. It's a very important market to me, personally as well as professionally.
When it comes to small and medium-sized businesses, we start up very well and we need them to scale up and consider expert markets. India is a market where we want to continue to create those opportunities. Canada is a trading nation so I know we will continue to build on those opportunities. I know that it will be in the best interests of both countries.”
On July 1, 2017, Air Canada will be launching another direct flight from Mumbai to Toronto
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
Canada's terrain is as diverse as that of India's, ensuring that a wide range of experiences are delivered to travellers. Further enunciating, Patel says, “From hiking to skiing, from flat lands to prairies the geography is so diverse that it can be tailored in accordance with your interests.”
Canada has always been more than willing to welcome Indian guests. An extremely hospitable country, its authorities have set up processing timelines and systems that ensure visa processing is convenient and efficient at the same time. To this, Patel adds, “Over the last couple of years the number of applicants and visitors has been increasing dramatically, with over 40 per cent increase year-on-year. This year those numbers are growing at a rapid pace with a combination of tourism, VFRs, and business. We want people to visit and explore a wide array of tourism elements in Canada. Our processes are efficient; we accept applications online.”
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