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Canterbury impresses Taiwanese travel seller

Date Published: 4 April 2011

Members of the Taiwanese product manager group that visited Canterbury last week.

Canterbury looks set to remain one of the most enjoyable regions of New Zealand to visit if the experience of Taiwanese travel seller Kevin Chou is anything to go by.

The Joyee Tour vice general manager visited Canterbury last week as part of a Tourism New Zealand familiarisation tour for product managers from Taiwan. The week-long visit took seven product managers from Auckland to Queenstown and was the first to incorporate Canterbury since the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch city and Lyttelton.

Mr Chou said he enjoyed his New Zealand visit and would rate some of his Canterbury experiences among its highlights. Hanmer Springs, in particularly, stood out because of its wide array of outdoor activities and restaurants and its "revitalising" hot pools.

"People in Canterbury were extremely friendly to us. They were very hospitable even though they are quite busy now. Except for the CBD of Christchurch, all businesses in Canterbury are running well and open to tourists."

Other South Island locations were also particularly appealing, including Lake Tekapo and the nearby Mount John Observatory, he said.

"It's impossible to be immersed in the adventure of glaciers or canyons in Taiwan. There are hundreds of adventure [activities] covered in New Zealand, such as skiing, jet boating, rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping and fly fishing."

Tourism New Zealand regularly organises familiarisation tours for key travel sellers in overseas markets as part of its Familiarisation Programme. The visits allow travel sellers to experience New Zealand for themselves so they are well informed when it comes to selling travel packages to consumers in their home markets.