New Zealand welcomes record high number of Filipino tourists

A record breaking 17,680 Filipinos visited New Zealand in the year ending August 2016, representing a 25 per cent increase in Filipino visitors compared to the previous year.

Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager in South and South East Asia, Steven Dixon, said that the steady rise in tourist arrivals from the Philippines is a good indication of New Zealand’s increasing appeal as a holiday destination.

 “Increased air capacity, such as Philippines Airlines four times weekly direct services via Cairns, has made it easier than ever to visit New Zealand and we are pleased to see how many Filipinos are taking up the opportunity to come and explore,” says Steven. 

With the rise in Filipino visitors to New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand is seeking to strengthen tourism ties between the two countries.

An inaugural trade training event for tourism operators in the Philippines will take place later in the month in Manilla. 

“The training will bring together Philippines travel sellers and tourism operators to raise awareness of New Zealand’s travel offerings and equip local travel operators with knowledge of New Zealand to help them plan exciting holidays for their customers. 

“The training also allows our New Zealand’s tourism operators to better understand how to cater to Filipino travelers,” says Steven.   

During the training, Tourism New Zealand will be launching its 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme. The training programme is designed specifically for travel sellers to boost their knowledge of New Zealand and grow sales for kiwi holidays. 

Genelyn Bon, from Rasko Travel, who will be attending the training said it’s essential in helping travel sellers in the Philippines engage with the New Zealand travel market and equipping themselves to become a true New Zealand Specialist. 

“Having met some of the New Zealand operators earlier this year, we are really looking forward to having them come to our country next week to share more with us what’s exciting and upcoming in New Zealand so we can better sell and help attract more Filipino visitors to New Zealand.”