CNTA Hosts China-New Zealand Tourism Business Exchange and Cooperation Forum in Auckland
On February 10, local time, CNTA convened the China-New Zealand Tourism Business Exchange and Cooperation Forum in Auckland, New Zealand. CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao attended and addressed the forum. In addition to VIP guests such as René de Monchy, Director of Trade, PR and Major Events of Tourism New Zealand, CEO of NZ Māori Tourism Pania Tyson-Nathan, mayor of Gisborne Meng Foon and commercial counselor Zhang Fan of Chinese Embassy in New Zealand, more than 100 delegates from local tourism authorities, companies and airline companies and Chinese tourism companies attended the forum.
In his address, Li pointed out that, “Tourism is a bridge connecting people in different countries and a major avenue to promote world peace. New Zealand is a strong magnet for Chinese tourists with abundant tourism resources, in particular the unique Maori culture. In return, China’s splendid culture and breathtaking landscape are also luring a large number of visitors from New Zealand. I hope that Chinese and New Zealand governments and businesses would work closer with each other to bring bilateral tourism cooperation to a new high and inject new life into bilateral relations.”
At the forum, executives of Chinese tourism companies including China Tourism Group, CYTS, GZL International Travel Service Ltd., Shanghai Spring International Travel Services Ltd., uzai.com, tuniu.com and Caissa Touristic (Group) AG introduced the latest progress of tourism business with New Zealand, the features and demands of Chinese outbound travels, as well as their expectations and suggestions for the building of tourist destinations in New Zealand.
To entertain the guests and show her hospitality for Chinese visitors, Ms. Tyson-Nathan introduced the Maori version of the Chinese song “Travel around the World” she translated and mayor Meng Foon recited it in Maori.