06 August 2008

Indian tourism marking a mark in NZ

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More Indians are travelling to New Zealand than ever before, reports the Travel Blackboard, and Tourism New Zealand are doing all that they can to maximise from the emerging tourism market.

Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager of India and South-East Asia, Kiran Nambier, told the news provider there is great potential in the Indian tourism market.  He also said Indian business tourist numbers have risen 11 per cent over the past year, and visitor arrivals are growing rapidly.  According to Mr Nambier, in 2003 India ranked 90 in the number of yearly visitor arrivals to New Zealand, and has markedly jumped to position number 12 this year.

The trend for choosing India as a tourist destination is also picking up the pace for people in the Asia-Pacific region.  Visa International has recently commissioned a survey spanning Asia-Pacific to discover the top five "must-see" destinations in the region.  Approximately 4,500 people from selected countries around the region participated in the survey, and 27 per cent of these chose India to be their number one holiday destination, reports the Malaysian National News Agency.

CNN Money also reports India is becoming a favourite destination for foreign skilled workers.  Over 30,000 migrants live and work in India now, and the Indian government are keen to accept more migrant workers, particularly in the fashion, healthcare, and biotechnology industries. 

The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in India visa and immigration services.

Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.

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