Tourism New Zealand has started a new campaign to encourge more young people on a gap year to take up a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.
23 September 2009
Gappers urged to 'Go All The Way' with a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
Tourism New Zealand has started a new campaign to urge gappers to "Go All The Way"... to New Zealand with a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.
CEO for Tourism New Zealand, George Hickton said the campaign was designed to encourage young people to continue to travel after, for example, an Australian Working Holiday, and ensure that New Zealand was on the list of "must visit" places.
"Many backpackers from the UK and Europe go as far as Australia in their gap year, but we want to challenge them to complete the journey and ‘Go All The Way’ by coming down to New Zealand," Mr Hickton said.
The International Visitor Survey, released recently, showed that New Zealand had 183,100 backpackers in the year to June 2009, up 4 per cent on the year before.
"We found that despite the economic downturn, youth travellers are not put off by ticket prices and they are very driven to get to the destinations they want to see. New Zealand is seen as worth the effort," Mr Hickton said.
The New Zealand Working Holiday Visa scheme gives young people aged between 18 and 30 the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and undertake employment during their stay.
Most New Zealand Working Holiday Visa holders are allowed to remain in New Zealand for a total of 12 months, although this time is extended to 23 months if you are from the United Kingdom.
A New Zealand Working Holiday Visa can now be applied for online.
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