A record breaking 17,680 Filipinos visited New Zealand for their vacation in the year ending August 2016, representing a 34 percent increase in Filipino visitors compared to the previous year.
These figures were shared by Tourism New Zealand at its inaugural trade training event for tourism operators on October 21 in Manila.
Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager in South and South East Asia, Steven Dixon said that the steady rise in tourist arrivals from the Philippines is a good indication of New Zealand’s increasing appeal as a holiday destination.
“Increased air capacity, such as Philippines Airlines’ four times weekly direct services via Cairns, has made it easier than ever to visit New Zealand and we are pleased to see how many Filipinos are taking the opportunity to come and explore.
“With its stunning landscapes, incredibly fresh air and wide variety of holiday activities such as visiting film locations, experiencing Maori culture and going on gourmet food tours, New Zealand is proving to be a popular travel destination especially for Filipinos. The availability of activities in close proximity to each other, as well as the different seasonal experiences also set New Zealand apart as a unique destination,” said Dixon.
New Zealand is well-known for its eco and adventure tourism packages, evolving fusion cuisine and boutique wineries that are among the best in the world.
Dixon added that with the rise in Filipino visitors to New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand is seeking to strengthen tourism ties between the two countries. The trade training for tourism operators is one of its key initiatives.
“Our trade training sessions bring together travel sellers and tourism operators in the Philippines with tourism operators from New Zealand. This allows us to raise awareness of New Zealand’s travel offerings and to equip local travel sellers with superior knowledge of New Zealand to help them plan exciting holidays for their customers,” added Dixon.
During the trade training, Tourism New Zealand launched its 100 percent Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme (NZSP), a free training program designed specifically for travel sellers to boost their knowledge of New Zealand and grow sales for kiwi holidays.
For more information on New Zealand including upcoming events that Tourism New Zealand is hosting, please visit the Tourism New Zealand website. To find a New Zealand Specialist agent near you, please visit newzealand.com.