For immediate release
Thursday 15 August, 2013
New Zealand on show for travel leaders from India
Tourism New Zealand is showcasing New Zealand to India this week, hosting a group of key Indian travel industry leaders,
with the aim to significantly grow visitor numbers in line with its emerging growth markets strategy.
Highlighting New Zealand’s high-end accommodation, restaurants and attractions, the week-long tour will explore both
islands, visiting Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Auckland. The visit began yesterday at
Auckland International Airport with a VIP welcome followed by a powhiri at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae.
India has been identified by Tourism New Zealand as an emerging market providing enormous opportunity for New Zealand,
with its strong economy leading to a growth in personal spending and outbound travel.
Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager of South and South East Asia, Mischa Mannix-Opie, says the visit is part of
Tourism New Zealand’s work to build both awareness and travel connections to New Zealand, to accelerate the growth of
quality visitor arrivals.
“We see this famil as an opportunity to showcase New Zealand in a modern and refreshed way, to help ignite these
industry leaders interest in developing new itineraries to sell destination New Zealand to their customers,” she says.
The famil is being co-hosted by Azahar Hamid, the Regional Senior Vice President of South Asia and Middle East for
Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia Airlines have provided business class seats for all participants on their flights to and
from New Zealand.
The five travel company CEOs, three of whom have never visited New Zealand before, are accompanied by a journalist who
will write about their visit for a leading Indian travel publication.
Last night the party were hosted at Parliament Buildings in Wellington by the Associate Minister of Tourism Chris
Tremain. Today they visited Weta Workshop before travelling onto Christchurch. From there they will head to Queenstown
and Milford Sound, before heading back to Auckland to experience Waiheke Island.