Chinese curling team with Canadian connection exploring Toronto and Niagara



    Canadian Tourism Commission's Connecting with Canadians Program

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - WHOOOA! The world champion Chinese women's
curling team has swept into Toronto.
    Bingyu Wang and her team, including Canadian coach Dan Raphael, are in
Toronto to connect with Canadians and get to know more of Canada before the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where they hope to challenge for gold.
    Through the Connecting with Canadians program, the Canadian Tourism
Commission (CTC) and its tourism partners are sending elite international
athletes and their families to Canada. The families and athletes have the
chance to meet locals, have adventures and make memories before the
competitors return to make Olympic and Paralympic history. The CTC will share
their experiences with key media markets to inspire the world to travel to
Canada.
    After finishing second to Canada at the world championships in 2008,
Wang's team went all the way in 2009, beating Sweden for gold. Wang started
curling only eight years ago, before China even had a real curling rink.
Raphael has been with both the women's and men's Chinese national teams since
2007.
    "We're excited to have curling's world champions travelling in Canada,"
said Michele McKenzie, president and CEO of the CTC. "They have become big
stars and having them here helps spread our tourism message to their fans in
China and around the world."
    "Toronto is a city of sports enthusiasts, fans and athletes where you'll
find a keen pulse of passion for sport and celebration," said David Whitaker,
president and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "We are honoured and thrilled to welcome
the Chinese women's curling team to Toronto as our entire nation helps
celebrate the Olympic spirit".

    About the CTC

    The CTC is Canada's national tourism marketing organization. Our vision
is inspiring the world to explore Canada. With our partners in the tourism
industry and the governments of Canada, the provinces and the territories, we
advertise and market Canada in 12 countries around the world, conduct industry
research and studies, and promote product and industry development. For daily
updates on CTC initiatives, subscribe to <a href="http://mediacentre.canada.travel/news-story-ideas">CTC News</a>, available through RSS feeds
and by e-mail.

    
    Resources

    -   <a href="http://mediacentre.canada.travel/system/files/Wang_bio_eng.pdf">Biography of Wang Bingyu</a>
    





For further information:

For further information: Jitka Licenik, Corporate Communications
Advisor/Conseillère en communications, Canadian Tourism Commission/Commission
canadienne du tourisme, Tel/Tél (604) 638-2482, Fax/Téléc (604) 638-8438,
licenik.jitka@ctc-cct.ca, www.mediacentre.canada.travel

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