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Daily flights to boost Korean visitor arrivals during peak season

A recent visit to Korea gave Tourism New Zealand's chief executive Kevin Bowler the opportunity to personally thank the Korean travel industry for its commitment to New Zealand.

Korean Airlines has confirmed it will return to daily services from Incheon Seoul to Auckland over New Zealand's summer high season.

Korean Airlines are currently operating five services a week using B747-400 aircraft and will return to a daily service from Dec 10 to March 3, 2013. 

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On meeting with Korean Airlines executives at regional headquarters, Kevin was able to discuss upcoming high season promotions and thank the airline for its ongoing support.

During his two-day visit, Kevin also attended the home of New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata for the "Te Papa Club" meeting of Presidents of the top Korean travel agencies.

The Te Papa Club was established about 10 years ago as an informal gathering for senior members of the travel industry, for the purpose of sharing information on developing New Zealand as a destination.

Participants reaffirmed their interest in jointly developing New Zealand as a destination from Korea and it was noted that the quality of the Korean market is steadily improving.

Tourism New Zealand's Regional Manager Japan and Korea Nick Midge says; "In recent times we have seen a move to higher quality tour programmes coming from Korea which is a very welcome trend.

"We have also seen increasing interest from both group tours and FIT/SIT clients and we believe this mix is well suited to the variety of experiences that New Zealand has to offer Korean visitors."

Korea is New Zealand's seventh largest visitor marker by number of visitors and Tourism New Zealand has been marketing in Korea for 19 years. This year marks the 50th year of friendship between New Zealand and Korea.

There is a range of activity underway in Korea at present. Last month saw the release of a revised hiking brochure, "New Zealand - the perfect walks in the world", which will once again profile our natural landscapes to active Korean hikers.