New Zealand encourages more Chinese visitors
A delegation of tourism workers has arrived in Auckland from China as the New Zealand government attempts to attract more Chinese visitors. Provisions are currently being made to allow frequent fliers with China Southern Airlines to fast track through immigration.
Prime Minister John Key said he hopes around five hundred thousand Chinese will visit annually. The Chinese are currently the second biggest tourist spenders in New Zealand.
Mr Key said he wanted to encourage tourism and that one way to do this was to offer non-stop flights and cut down on the immigration red tape.
Meanwhile, Hekia Parata, New Zealand’s Education Minister, has signed an agreement with China that will help boost the number of students coming to the country to study. China is currently the number one source of foreign students to New Zealand and Parata said this was likely to be the case for the foreseeable future.
The agreement, signed in Wellington, will also help to improve links between the countries in technology and science. Steven Joyce, the Science and Innovation Minister said China and New Zealand already had strong links and that he hoped they would become even stronger.
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