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Travel Alberta halts promotion in China amid diplomatic spat temporarily

Travel Alberta has had the rare step of asking its partners in China to avoid promoting happen to be the province.

The decision was manufactured in light of the strain building between your two countries following detention of Canadians in China.

Most recently, Alberta teacher Sarah McIver was detained and sentenced to administrative punishment for employed in China illegally, in accordance with Chinese authorities.

Her family has said she have been doing work for months in China without issue when Chinese authorities reached out to question her about her visa suddenly. She was arrested then, leaving her family concerned.

Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig come in custody in China. (Associated Press/ International Crisis Group/Canadian Press)

She’s the 3rd Canadian to be detained since Meng Wanzhou, a high executive with China-based telecom giant Huawei, this month was arrested in Vancouver earlier.

Meng was arrested at the request of U.S. officials — who accuse her of violating trade sanctions on Iran — and released on bail pending extradition proceedings.

Two other Canadians — Michael Kovrig, who served as a diplomat with Global Affairs Canada, but was on leave to utilize the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental organization; and Michael Spavor, a businessman who arranges tours of North Korea — are also detained by Chinese authorities for what they said are national security issues.

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Brendan Sutton, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, said officials “haven’t any good reason to trust there’s any connection between [Sarah McIver’s] case along with other recent cases of Canadians detained in China for alleged reasons of national security.”

Not unprecedented

Royce Chwyn, the elected president and CEO of Travel Alberta, said the halting of marketing activities isn’t unprecedented.

Royce Chwyn, president and CEO of Travel Alberta, said your choice to temporarily halt marketing in China was manufactured in conjunction with Destination Canada. (Colleen Underwood/CBC)

“This is simply not unlike when various other major event happens, be it weather-related, or various other significant event. We create a conscious decision: Is really a tourism marketing message appropriate?” he said.

“So we have been just sensitive to what’s happening at the national level between your countries, however, not discouraging travel in virtually any real way, form or shape.”

Chwyn said Chinese travellers can book trips and arrived at Alberta and he said&nbsp still;according to his sources in China, most are.

“What we can say for certain is that every time a significant event happens and tourism is paused for messaging for all your right reasons, tourism is probably the quickest sectors to rebound, always.”

Travel Alberta’s decision was manufactured in conjunction with Destination Canada, said Chwyn.