The change in Canadian immigration rules for Chinese tour groups comes after China won Approved Destination Status in December last year. The change in policy will make it easier for Chinese people to obtain Canadian visas for tourism rather than having to go through the Canadian business visa system. It will also allow Canadian tourism firms to market tourism to China. Canada and China are close to signing a final agreement that will give Chinese tour groups the right to visit Canada on Canadian visas.
A memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed on Thursday at the G20 summit, in a move that will mark “an important moment in the bilateral history of tourism co-operation.” This is according to the head of the National Tourism Administration in China, Shao Qiwei.