Airlines bring more business south
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says the Mackenzie District's tourism industry will receive a welcome boost with two Asian airlines announcing more flights into Christchurch.
Singapore Airlines will increase flights over the summer months and China Airlines has recently announced a new route between Taipei and Christchurch, operating via Melbourne, three times a week.
Mrs Dean, who is also the Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism, says it will bring greater numbers to the region. "We know that 75 per cent of international visitors arriving at Christchurch Airport travel to other areas.
"Visitors from China alone spend millions in the Mackenzie District each year, and when you combine the increasing popularity of independent travel with the increase in flights, you have a very positive outlook for the region's tourism industry.
"I recently met with Chinese Officials and we are working to strengthen ties between the two countries. There is a growing Chinese middle class with a desire to travel - and a willingness to pay a premium for quality goods, services and experiences.
"For these visitors, New Zealand is a welcome contrast from the big cities and hectic lifestyles at home. They are looking for a pure and clean holiday and have high expectations for beautiful scenery and unique experiences - there is no place that is better equipped to provide that than the Mackenzie District."