TORONTO – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is delighted to promote the Canada-China Year of Tourism (CCYT) by displaying the CCYT logo on some of its trains until September. VIA Rail is seizing this opportunity to present Chinese tourists a unique experience and the chance to discover by train some of the 400 communities it serves. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, along with Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail, held the unveiling at Toronto Union Station.
“This year marks VIA Rail’s 40th anniversary and we invite Chinese tourists to come and celebrate it with us by choosing to get onboard our trains and discovering the beauty and spirit of Canada. We hope that as they visit our great cities and travel through our magnificent and varied landscapes, they will return home with fond memories of our country and most importantly, its people,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano.
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“As we celebrate the Canada-China Year of Tourism, I am pleased to officially unveil a VIA Rail train featuring the logo of this unique year. These trains will carry the spirit of goodwill to the many communities along their routes. I hope they will also inspire many of the businesses in these communities to add a few words of Chinese to their websites, and learn more about Chinese tourists by visiting the Canada-China year of Tourism website. This year is one to celebrate the close people-to-people ties between our two countries, and share the very best of what Canada has to offer as we remain committed to Canada’s Tourism Vision and doubling the number of Chinese visitors to Canada by 2021”, declared Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism.
The branded trains will operate on the Quebec City – Windsor corridor, and on the Canadian train between Toronto and Vancouver.