Chinese visitors to New Zealand to get a longer visa
Independent Chinese visitors coming to New Zealand will now have the opportunity of applying for a two-year visa. Previously Chinese tourists were granted a visa valid for 12 months. The change has been made in an effort to attract more travellers from New Zealand’s second largest tourist market.
Tourism Minister John Key said Immigration New Zealand had updated its website to provide a new bi-lingual service. Advice is now given in Chinese and English in one place rather than being spread over three different sections of the website.
Key added that there were also links to other useful travel information. The changes have been made following a report compiled by industry experts and government officials entitled the China Market Review.
Mr Key said that China was the fastest growing tourism market and that Chinese visitors needed to be offered a high quality experience. More than 200,000 visitors from China came to New Zealand in the past 12 months. This is an increase of 38 per cent on a year earlier and brought in some $651 million.
The MBIE has welcomed the report, saying that it offered a number of recommendations on how better to cater to Chinese tourists including advice on how to help with travel arrangements at a time when more travellers seem to prefer doing so independently rather than as part of an organised tour.
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