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Canada: Meng Wanzhou and China-Canada Tourism

canada: As for the slowdown in bilateral China-Canada tourism, there could be a hit not only to hotels and destinations, but also to local businesses that facilitate Canadians travelling to China, such as travel agencies, according to Vancouver Courier. Vancouver-based Flight Centre Canada president John Beauvais told Business in Vancouver that it is very concerning to watch the escalation of the spat that started in December, when Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, CFO of the large Chinese telecom Huawei, at the behest of the U.S. government, which sought her extradition for allegedly misleading banks into providing money to Huawei for initiatives that violated U.S. sanctions on Iran. The fallout could hurt B.C.'s tourism sector, given that more international visitors to B.C. came from China in 2018 than from any other country, aside from the U.S.article continues below Trending Stories Update Video of police take-down after car-jacking in Richmond Car thefts down dramatically in VancouverB.C.'s skilled labour shortage about to become acute Dashcam footage shows wild Vancouver Police takedown VIDEO A bigger cloud on the horizon, however, could come from a decline in the number of British tourists if there is economic turmoil following an abrupt March 29 departure from the European Union without a trade deal. Beauvais said he has yet to receive reports of cancelled corporate or retail trips because of Canada-China tensions, but that doesn't mean that it's not happening. Rosewood Hotel Georgia director of marketing Brad Simmons said the Chinese government's travel warning is not a concern of mine because Chinese nationals represent less than 10 per cent of his hotel's clientele. Others in the tourism industry told BIV that they are more concerned about U.K. leaving the EU in a hard Brexit, in which there is no trade deal in place a situation that could cause the U.K. economy to sputter and its residents' discretionary spending to disintegrate. ( As reported in the news.