Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Tourism New Zealand hosts VIP Fam for Indian Travel agents

Two parallel trips were conducted across the North and South Island, showcasing the destination’s varied offerings(Press release)

Mumbai, April 19, 2016: Tourism New Zealand organized a VIP familiarization trip for Directors of 15 travel agencies from India in March 2016. Directors from six agencies toured the North Island while the other nine toured the South Island over seven days.
The regions of the North Island included Auckland, Tauranga and Whakatane where the group enjoyed an array of activities such as Waimarino Glow Worm Kayak Tour, Bay Explorer Island Cruises, Blowkarting, Mataatua Marae Experience, tour of The White Island, Skywalk and Sky Jump. The agents travelling to the South Island visited Queenstown, Wanaka and Christchurch. Activities included visiting Skyline Queenstown, experiencing the Shot over Jet, Ridgeline Adventures, Wine Tasting, Oxbow Adventures, Stuart Land borough’s Puzzling World, Onsen Hot Pool and International Antarctic Centre.
The directors who visited the North Island also had a training event with seven International Marketing Alliance (IMA’s) in Auckland. The companies that participated in the familiarization trip were from Make My Trip,, SOTC, N. Chirag Travels, Ottila International, Aerospace Holidays, Ezeego One Tours, Trailblazers India, Thomas Cook India, Vacations Exotica, Windmill Holidays, Veena World, Cox & Kings, Carnation Travels and TUI.

Steven Dixon, Regional Manager – South and South East Asia, Tourism New Zealand says, “Our connections with the Indian travel trade community are very strong and we aim to grow this further as we continue to showcase the best of New Zealand to our partners. Both itineraries covered a variety of offerings from the regions and we are confident that this will deliver good results for Tourism New Zealand”.
“India is a key source of international travellers to New Zealand and we are constantly working on exciting initiatives and campaigns for the market.”
Singapore Airlines supported the trip with flights for the travel agents, giving them a taste of the airline’s world renowned service.

Steven Dixon, Regional Manager – South and South East Asia, Tourism New Zealand 

David Lim, General Manager India, Singapore Airlines says, "Singapore Airlines commitment to connecting Indian travellers to the world continues with our long-standing partnership with Tourism New Zealand. We are delighted to showcase Singapore Airlines' award-winning, inflight offerings along with quintessential Kiwi experiences, to some of the key travel advocates within the Indian market."

Additional Information
Tourism New Zealand markets New Zealand to the world as a visitor destination. In the year ending February 2016, over 3.17 million international visitors came to New Zealand. International tourism is one of New Zealand’s largest earners of foreign exchange, adding around NZD 11.8 billion annually to the nation’s economy.

Visa procedure: One may forward their application to the TT office in Mumbai or Delhi, which will then be directed to the High Commission. A visitor visa for New Zealand is processed within 15 working days.

Airline connections: Connecting flights to New Zealand are available on Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines with stop-overs in their respective hubs.  New Zealand’s international gateways are Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. 

Domestic services: You can fly between all New Zealand cities and most major towns using domestic air services. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are the main providers. Their services are complemented by regional airlines, charter companies and scenic flight operators.

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