New Zealand welcomes record number of Filipino tourists

Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016

new-zealand-welcomes-filipino-touristsNew Zealand welcomed a record number of Filipino visitors in the six months to August, the country’s Tourism department revealed.

 

“The steady rise in tourist arrivals from the Philippines is a good indication of New Zealand’s increasing appeal as a holiday destination”, Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager in South and Southeast Asia, Steven Dixon was quoted as saying. He was in the Philippines ahead of an inaugural trade training event for tourism operators here on Oct. 21.

 

He reportedly said, “Increased air capacity, such as Philippines Airlines’ four times weekly direct services via Cairns, has made it easier than ever to visit New
Zealand.”

 

A total of 17,680 Filipinos visited the country for leisure as of end-August this year, representing a 25 percent increase year on year. In 2014, a total of 17,000 tourists visited the Philippines from New Zealand.

 

Tourism New Zealand stated that it is seeking to strengthen tourism ties between the two countries with initiatives such as the trade training for tourism operators by the end of the week.

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