China Finally Grants Canada Approved Destination Status 

© 2009 Brad Kempo B.A. LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor 


Most Canadians don’t have a clue what ‘Approved Destination Status’ means.  If they did in the context of Chinese joint sovereignty and a full appreciation of the true and full nature of governance, they’d swiftly conclude a very large portion of the 1.3 million Chinese who live here aren’t common folk of the totalitarian regime.    



China in the early 1970s and today was and is a military-police-totalitarian state.  Nobody disputes that.  Then it shouldn’t be difficult to comprehend and accept the argument that like the Soviet Union in its heyday, ordinary Chinese citizens could never simply pick up stakes and move to another country.   International mobility is not, nor ever has been, a right for everyone – that is, except high ranking members of the Chinese Communist Party.  Since they’ve ‘got the run of the place’, they’re entitled by virtue of enjoying privileges that totalitarianism delivers to move to another country if they want to.  The rest of the population must follow the government’s visa requirements; which is governed by what the Beijing leadership calls “Approved Destination Status”.  This is a list of countries that citizens can visit, go to school in or emigrate to.  



It wasn’t until late 2009 that Canada was put on the list.  So the question naturally arises who precisely are these million or so Chinese who emigrated here over the last forty years?  Are they regular citizens of the communist state – common folk who scraped together from meagre earnings enough to move to a foreign land?  Or, more logical, did they get to leave the country because they have a special connection with the Beijing leadership – like friends and family of the ruling elite and those who are linked to the military and intelligence community?   


China grants Canada Approved Destination Status

Canadian News Wire

December 3, 2009


Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) acknowledges the importance of Canada's agreement with China on Approved Destination Status (ADS) for Canada and our tourism industry.


"This agreement represents great potential for the visitor economy and future growth of the industry. The Canadian Tourism Commission will take full advantage of this agreement and begin marketing business and leisure travel opportunities to the Chinese people" said Michele McKenzie, CTC's President and Chief Executive Officer. 


Up until this important development, CTC has not been able to market directly to consumers but has been preparing for ADS by establishing an entry-level team, leveraging tourism opportunities for Canada, and creating key relationships on the ground that will be strategic going forward. With this CTC will propose and seek to implement a robust action plan to leverage the growing interest of Chinese travellers to Canada. 


"ADS opens a very big door. We look forward to mobilizing quickly to take advantage of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and promoting Canada's image throughout this massive market," said Michele McKenzie. 


In 2008 visits to Canada by Chinese citizens were up 5.3 per cent from the year before, for a total of 159,000. Chinese travellers had the highest average length of stay (28 nights) in Canada and spent more than visitors from any other country ($1,648.51). 


According to a Conference Board of Canada survey, ADS is expected to boost the yearly rate of travel to Canada from China by up to 50 per cent by 2015.


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