The stage is set in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for Rendez-Vous Canada (RVC), the leading international tourism marketplace for the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). From 26 – 29 May, more than 1500 travel industry professionals will network and make vital connections at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
At the heart of this sold-out event are members of the Canadian tourism industry, whose operations form the backbone of Canada’s visitor economy. For the first time, the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada is bringing 17 First Nations tourism organisations from across the country to RVC.
RVC is a powerful magnet for international tour operators and wholesalers who seek out the innovative and authentic tourism products, services and packages that may give them a competitive edge.
This year’s RVC is taking place in one of the world’s most iconic and inspirational settings. Niagara Falls is visited by more than 12 million travellers each year.
International buyers at RVC will complete almost 24,000 pre-scheduled face-to-face business appointments with over 921 Canadian sellers of tourism products and experiences from coast to coast.
Tourism is the world’s fifth fastest-growing industry, with over one billion international travellers, $1.53 trillion in global revenues and 5% growth per year. Forecasts for the sector remain strong with the pace of growth set to continue for the next decade, driven in part by the volume of travellers from China, one of the CTC’s international markets.
“The continuing momentum with global tourism presents significant opportunity for economic prosperity,” says David Goldstein, CTC President and CEO. “RVC provides one of the primary platforms to help Canadian tourism entrepreneurs gain access to the expertise needed to succeed in the global marketplace.