Canada eyes 7% growth of Indian tourists in 2018

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Canada, which witnessed a record number of visitors from India last year, is eyeing 7 per cent growth in tourist arrivals from the sub-continent.

A record 250,000 Indians visiting Canada in 2017, which was 17.37 per cent increase from 2016.

In 2016, a total number of 213,000 Indians travelled to Canada, according to Destination Canada data.

The increase in the number of direct weekly flights and also a focus on promoting Canada as an aspiring destination helped in the increase in number of Indians visiting Canada, Peters added.

There are 15 flights every week that connect Delhi and Mumbai directly with Canada.

He said Canada is a multi-generation tourists destination and can be visited all around the year.

In India, Destination Canada is targeting millennials as well as people over 45 years of age.

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Canada is being positioned as an affordable long haul destination catering to a wide range of audience.

Destination Canada is also eyeing the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events (MICE) segment in India.

India is the ninth largest source market for Canada.

As the Indian economy picks up steam, millions of Indians are aspiring to travel abroad and use their disposable income.

The US, UK, China, France and Germany are the top five source markets of Canada. – CINEWS

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