Aviation Agreement

Published: Wednesday, 09/07/2005 12:00 am EDT

Transportation Minister Jean Lapierre anticipates that Chinese President Hu Jintao will sign a new aviation agreement during his visit to Canada this week. Mr. Lapierre has been in China since Sept. 1 on a week-long business junket, and is expected to return today. "This agreement is going to multiply by three the number of flights between Canada and China over the next few years," said Mr. Lapierre in Shanghai on Sept. 5, about the new aviation agreement. The large ethnic Chinese populations in Vancouver and Toronto, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Shanghai Expo, are the basis for increased travel demands between China and Canada, said Mr. Lapierre, noting that if Canada gains 'approved destination status' from China as a tourist destination, the increase in Chinese travelers to Canada could grow from 87,000 to 250,000 over the next few years.

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