30 July 2008

First direct flights between Beijing and New Zealand to increase tourism

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New Zealand’s national carrier Air New Zealand launched the first non-stop flight from Beijing to New Zealand this month, in an attempt to increase tourism numbers in both countries.

According to China.org.cn, the flights will be operating twice a week on a new Boeing 777. 

"More and more Chinese visitors make their travels to New Zealand these years. The number increases by approximately 14 percent year-on-year on average, " said Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe of Air New Zealand. "China's rapidly developing economy offers significant opportunities for both Air New Zealand and the broader New Zealand tourism industry."

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Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.

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