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Published on : Wednesday, October 19, 2016
During the first six months of 2016 till August, there have been a record number of tourists who have been travelling to New Zealand from Philippines, as per the version of the tourism department of New Zealand.
Tourism New Zealand stated yesterday that as many as 17,680 Filipinos had visited the nation for the purpose of leisure till the end of August in 2016 and this marks an increase of 25% year-on-year.
Steven Dixon, the regional manager of New Zealand in south and south east Asia said that the ever increasing number of visitors from Philippines to New Zealand is an indicator of the fact that the appeal of New Zealand as a tourist destination is steadily growing and this is positive news for the country. Dixon is in New Zealand now as he is getting ready to attend an inaugural trade training event for tourism operators on 21st October.
He also said that the increase in the number of flights from Manila in Philippines is yet another factor that is encouraging more Filipino tourists to visit this country.
Dixon said that the increased air capacity like that of Philippines Airlines’ direct weekly flights that fly via Cairns has made it simpler for Filipinos to visit New Zealand.
Since the number of Filipinos visiting New Zealand has been rising, Tourism New Zealand has asserted that this very fact would lead to strong ties between the two nations. Moreover, initiatives like the trade training for tourism operators by the end of the week would also contribute positively to the tourism sector of New Zealand.
Tourism New Zealand has said that this trade training program would witness the meeting of tourism operators and travel sellers who would play a crucial role in raising awareness about the travel offerings of New Zealand.
The Filipino populace in New Zealand has tripled ever since the year 2001.
Currently, it is the third largest Asian ethnic group comprising over 40,000 residents. In 2014, about 17,000 tourists visited Philippines from New Zealand.