Sunday, April 22, 2018


Sky Tower joins landmarks lighting for Chinese New Year

PRESS RELEASE: SKYCITY The Sky Tower’s red and gold glow on Auckland’s skyline is extra special this year with the icon joining some of the tallest towers around the world to celebrate Chinese New Year. An...

New touring map released for Chinese visitors

The i-SITE network has released a Chinese version of their popular New Zealand touring map for the first time this month.

Airport secures first North Island Alipay merchant

A Christchurch Airport project helping New Zealand businesses sign up to Alipay, the world’s largest online payment system, has its first North Island merchant.

South Island operators line up for Alipay

More than 100 South Island tourism operators and retailers have signed up to the Chinese smartphone payment system Alipay with thousands more expressing interest in the platform.  

Tourism NZ fosters China’s next generation of skiers

Chinese skiers are visiting New Zealand during China’s off-season to hone their skills on our South Island ski fields.

NZ School of Tourism partners with Chinese airline

A new partnership between New Zealand’s largest travel and tourism school and one of China’s fastest growing airlines is creating global opportunities for aspiring flight attendants.

TNZ: Chinese market forecast to return to growth

The Chinese market is expected to return to double-digit growth following a period of falling visitor arrival numbers.

NZ Māori Tourism rolls out red carpet

New Zealand Māori Tourism is welcoming a high profile Chinese delegation, led by Mr Li Shihong, Vice Chairman China National Tourism Administration, to Wellington today.

Tourism a key focus at NZ, China mayoral talks

Tourism will feature as one of the key discussion points at next month’s New Zealand China Mayoral Forum. 

Tourism investment on agenda for Chinese mayors’ visit

Investment in New Zealand tourism wil be on the agenda for a delegation of mayors from China representing around 80 million people.

CBRE: Chinese spending less on shopping, more on culture

Chinese tourists are seeking more authentic food and entertainment experiences and spending less on luxury shopping and package holidays, according to new research by real estate agency CBRE.

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island

The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines is going from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for the South Island. 

Chinese set to overtake Kiwis as top visitors to Australia

China is set to overtake New Zealand as Australia’s biggest source of international visitors within months if current trends continue.

NZ seventh most desired destination for Chinese

The sixth annual Chinese International Travel Monitor released by has revealed that Chinese travellers are spending a whopping 28 per cent of their income on average on international travel.

Deloitte: NZ tourism well positioned for Chinese investment

The New Zealand tourism industry is well positioned for a wave of Chinese investment in tourism assets, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

The numbers behind Tourism NZ’s new $900K China video campaign

Tourism New Zealand's Heart of the Long White Cloud online video campaign costs $889,000 and is estimated to eventually reach 15m Chinese viewers.

Sichuan Airlines’ new Auckland route

Sichuan Airlines’ new Auckland route provides New Zealand’s first direct connection to south west China

Tourism NZ appoints new GM Asia

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall is pleased to announce the appointment of Gregg Wafelbakker to the role of General Manager Asia.

China tourism winner presents ‘presents’

Auckland Airport's award for contribution to the growth of Chinese tourism in New Zealand was awarded to Lisa Li, managing director of China Travel Service.

Christchurch Airport: Operators “leaving money on the table”

Tourism operators are "leaving money on the table" if they do not join a Chinese electronic payment system to make it easier for tourists from China to spend.

China Ready lands in NZ, slaps seal of approval on THL

The 'China Ready & Accredited' system has launched in New Zealand with Tourism Holdings Limited becoming the first company here to earn the seal of approval.

Operators to reach FIT Chinese through new partnership

Chinese internet giant Tencent has partnered with Christchurch agency Alexanders paving the way for tourism operators to reach FIT Chinese

Australia to remain NZ’s visitor backbone as Chinese spend accelerates

Australia will continue to be the backbone of New Zealand’s tourism industry despite growth from the China-led Asian markets.

China-NZ Year of Tourism opportunities on the horizon

Auckland is gearing up to seize opportunities created by the official bilateral ‘China-New Zealand Year of Tourism’ in 2019.

China Southern boosts Tekapo tourism

China Southern Airlines has become an official partner of Mt John Observatory in a deal believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

China tops global tourism markets with 12% jump in spend

Chinese international tourism spend grew by 12% in 2016 to reach $372bn.

PM criticised over Chinese FIT comments

The Bus & Coach Association has hit back at government comments encouraging Chinese visitors off tours and into independent travel.

ANZ’s Charts that Matter: Tourism boom easing

Tourism is on a tear with no sign of slowing, driven by ever-higher numbers of Chinese tourists, right? Actually, no.

Year of Tourism offers new opportunities for China-ready businesses

The 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism offers opportunities for the tourism industry to forge closer links in China

What to expect from 2019 China-NZ Year of Tourism

Trade missions, marketing campaigns, airline partnerships and business, academic and cultural exchanges could follow the signing of the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism initiative.

More flights, new visa rules to boost Chinese market

Air services to New Zealand from China have been boosted by 20% and measures to facilitate easier travel for Chinese visitors have been launched.

First North China trade famil to visit Kaikoura since earthquake

The first trade famil from North China to visit Kaikoura since the earthquake arrives this week.

Chinese spending plummets 26% over summer

Spending by Chinese visitors plummeted by more than a quarter over summer, according to Marketview.

New Zealand a Qyer Destination of the Year

New Zealand has been named a Destination of the Year by Qyer, a major Chinese free independent traveller online community with 80 million users.

Auckland Airport welcomes Sichuan Airlines

Auckland Airport welcomes the announcement that Sichuan Airlines will start flying between Auckland and Chengdu in China from June this year.

Is a gambling clampdown behind a big drop in Chinese visitor spending?

Chinese New Year spending dropped 10% across New Zealand compared to the corresponding holiday period last year, according to Marketview.

Hotel occupancy was down for Chinese New Year, even in Queenstown

Hotel occupancy across New Zealand dropped markedly for Chinese New Year in 2017, even in the country’s major resort town of Queenstown.

Lunar New Year: How agri can reap the rewards of Chinese tourism

Booming Chinese visitor numbers present a huge opportunity to create new agritourism products and experiences, according to ANZ Bank.
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