On the heels of Air Canada launching daily Montréal-Shanghai services on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft last week, Tourisme Montréal and Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration (SMTA) this week signed an MoU to boost tourism performance.
The tourism organisations anticipate a significant increase in tourist traffic between Shanghai and Montréal thanks to the new connection, Air Canada’s first to Asia from the French-speaking municipality.
With Tourisme Montréal projecting 110,000 Chinese arrivals in 2017, a 30 per cent increase over the previous year, Yves Lalumière, president and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, said: "We're encouraging local business operators and hotel owners to prepare for the influx of visitors from this market.”
The MoU was signed during a tourism mission to China led by tourism minister, and will see Tourisme Montréal and SMTA discussing strategies to increase reciprocal tourist numbers, promote urban tourism and develop the business travel market by attracting international events and conferences.
The two organisations will also share their respective knowledge on topics such as performance indicators, statistics, strategies and technology tools to improve their respective operating procedures.
The Air Canada service departs Montreal at 13.30 daily and arrives in Shanghai at 16.40 the following day. It returns from Shanghai at 18.15 and lands in Montreal at 18.35. There will be slight differences in the flight schedule from March 12 onwards.