The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, co-hosted the Second China Market Readiness Round Table for the Tourism Industry today in Markham, Ontario. In preparation for the Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018, the Government of Canada is working closely with tourism stakeholders and industry leaders to ensure that Canada is well-prepared to welcome the expected increase in Chinese visitors. China is now the world's leading source of outbound tourists, surpassing the United States and Germany. China is one of Canada's fastest-growing tourism markets and is now our third-largest tourism source market. In 2016, 610,000 Chinese nationals visited Canada—an increase of almost 24 per cent over 2015—and spent an estimated C$1.25 billion.