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July 12, 2007 | General

Edmonton — On Tuesday, July 20, the first Mexicana Airlines charter flight from Mexico City to Edmonton will land at Edmonton International Airport. The summer charter, provided through Mexico City-based tour operator, Onvisa, will fly two return trips onboard a 200-seat B757, between Mexico City and Edmonton.

The charters, arriving July 20 and August 3, provide Mexican travellers with the opportunity to experience the best of Canada’s west. Tourists arriving on July 20 spend two nights in Edmonton, enjoying the vibrancy of West Edmonton Mall and touring the city before departing on the remainder of their 7-night tour through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver. A Televisa TV crew and a number of newspaper and magazine writers will be accompanying the charter group to Edmonton.

Ruben Diaz, President of Onvisa, is a member of the media delegation on their first visit to Alberta’s capital, being co-hosted by Edmonton Tourism and partners. “The success of these exclusive charters to Edmonton and Vancouver from Mexico is a sign that Mexicans are interested in the variety of things to see and do in Canada, especially for families,” says Diaz.

According to the Canadian Tourism Commission, tourism between Canada and Mexico is increasing steadily; 153,000 people are expected to visit Canada from Mexico in 2004—an increase of 8.8% over 142,162 people in 2003. According to Stats Canada, 8,000 Mexicans travelled to Edmonton in 2002. Mexico is tied for 5th (with Australia and South Korea) as a source of international visitors to Edmonton.

The number of charters between Edmonton and international destinations is increasing each year. In addition to the featured Mexicana charter, regular weekly or bi-weekly charters from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London Gatwick, are among those available. These charter services provide significant economic stimulant to the hospitality industry within the Capital Region.

*Note to photo editors: this will provide an excellent photo opportunity. A welcoming committee will be stationed outside Canada Customs at Edmonton International Airport at 11:00 am July 20.

Flight #       Depart Mexico City       Arrive Edmonton
2774           7:30 am                      11:05 am
Flight #       Depart Edmonton         Arrive Mexico City
2775*         12:15 pm                    7:40 pm  
* First Charter July 20, 2004; Second Charter August 3

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