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Tourism benefits under new Canada-Japan Air Agreement, says Canadian Tourism Commission.

Bilateral air transport agreement is a positive development for Canada’s tourism industry.

VANCOUVER, BC, October 4, 2011—The bilateral air transport agreement between Canada and Japan has been expanded, providing more possibilities for air services between the two countries. The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, made this announcement on October 1 during a visit to Japan where he is working to strengthen Canada's trade and investment ties with Asia.

“The bilateral air transport agreement newly announced between Canada and Japan is a positive development for Canada’s tourism industry, and means even greater opportunity for our marketing efforts in Japan,” says Charles McKee, Vice-President International at the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC).

Japan is one of 11 markets where the Canadian Tourism Commission invests to promote travel to Canada. The news opens up the opportunity for more flights for Japanese travellers wanting to vacation in Canada or hold meetings. CTC reports that visitors from Japan to Canada increased by 19% in 2010 and that the market that is showing strong recovery following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The expanded arrangements include greater access for Canadian airlines to Tokyo's Narita Airport and added flexibility for airline routings. The agreement includes additional rights for services between Canada and Japan through third countries. This will support air services between the two nations.

Since November 2006, Canada's Blue Sky policy has encouraged long-term, sustainable competition and the development of new and expanded international air services. Under this policy, the Government of Canada has concluded open, new or expanded air transport agreements with close to 60 countries.

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For further information, please contact:nevin [dot] margaret [at] ctc-cct [dot] ca">
Margaret Nevin

Senior Communications Advisor / Conseillère en communications
Canadian Tourism Commission / Commission canadienne du tourisme
Tel / Tél 604.638.8406