High disposable incomes and a willingness to spend on luxury
brands and big-ticket items like holidays, as well as an
increasingly global mindset, are driving outbound travel from this
New Zealand is a popular destination among honeymooners and
those seeking self-drive itineraries. Free Independent Travellers
(FIT) currently make up around 60 per cent of New Zealand's Indian
visitors and this sector is increasing more rapidly than group
travel. Over half of Indian visitors (62 per cent) travel outside
the main regions.
Indians prefer to visit New Zealand during their summer - April to
June - making this market an important source of visitors for New
Zealand's autumn shoulder season.
The Indian market has a strong Visiting Friends and Relatives
(VFR) component (about 30 per cent of total visitors), while
holiday visitors account for almost 50 per cent of arrivals. The
vast majority of Indian holiday visitors will be visiting New
Zealand for the first time. Three quarters combine their trip to
New Zealand with another destination; 30 per cent visit Australia
as well as New Zealand.
There is currently no direct air service to New Zealand from
India. Indian travellers must travel via Singapore, Hong Kong,
Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Sydney.
Weaker India visitor arrivals have been affected by two key
factors. Both Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines are
currently experiencing high load factors, which is resulting in
fewer seats available...