Chinese New Year brings good fortune to Central Otago

Columns
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Chinese New Year is set to bring about some good fortune to tourist hotspots around Central Otago, according to Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.

“Launched on Sunday, the 16-day celebration is expected to attract record numbers of Chinese tourists to our shores, with the South Island particularly popular.

“A number of hotels in places like Wanaka are already booked out  and according to Tourism NZ between 70,000 and 75,000 Chinese are expected to visit New Zealand this month - a 35 percent increase on last year.

“What’s particularly exciting for the region is that Chinese tourists are increasingly travelling independently from tour groups, instead opting to hire cars, making their own way around and travelling to smaller towns.

“The Chinese also love our blue skies and wide open spaces, with Real Journeys taking visitors up Cardrona to experience standing on top of a mountain.

“It’s a busy time for tourism operators and their staff, particularly in smaller towns,  but the effort is certainly worth it with the Chinese being a new and growing market." 

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru