Indian visitors despite being only 2 per cent of the overall visitors to New Zealand are “high value” visitors as they bring dollars during the off-peak season of the tourism industry, said Chris Roberts, Chief Executive Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
Mr Roberts was speaking at Wellington Roadshow for the upcoming Tourism and Aviation Summit by India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) later this year organised at Weltec campus on Wednesday, August 8.
INZBC is New Zealand’s leading trade body working for more than three decades for enhanced trade relations between India and NZ.
Towards this endeavour, INZBC has been organising special summit level meetings whereby bringing experts and business leaders from India and New Zealand on one platform.
This year the INZBC summit on September 28, in Auckland is focussed on Tourism, Aviation & Technology. The Summit supported by MFAT, NZTE, Westpac, Auckland Airport, Jet Airways, Incredible India, amongst other organisations, will see a high-powered delegation coming from India.
A Wellington Roadshow was organised on Wednesday, August 8, to get greater participation from Wellington in this day-long national summit in Auckland next month.
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester formally inaugurated the Road Show and emphasised on the need for Wellington to have greater links to the world.
Speaking on occasion, Mr Lester said, “Singapore Airlines has enhanced Wellington’s connectivity through the link via Melbourne. However, more would be better.”
“We would like more tourists and businesses coming to Wellington, as Wellington provides advantages of cheaper housing by 20 per cent, highest educated workforce and home to some great companies like Xero,” Mr Lester further added.
Illustrating further the importance of Indian traveller market to the NZ tourism, Mr Roberts, Chief Executive Tourism Industry Aotearoa said, “The India visitor market is performing very strongly and has the huge further potential for New Zealand. The number of Indian visitors has more than doubled in the past 5 years, and many come in our shoulder seasons when we have plenty of spare capacity. Indian visitors stay a long time and visit many areas of New Zealand. The Indian visitor is the ‘value visitor’ that New Zealand is keen to attract.”
“Right now they are only 2 per cent of overall visitors. However, the number of Indian national considering a visit to NZ is currently 13.7 million. Their stays are longer, 13 days on holiday and 51 days when visiting friends and relatives,” Mr Roberts further added.
Meanwhile, the Road Show event had a generous attendance from business leaders in the city for a weekday event, with several industry experts sharing their business acumen and expectations about the upcoming aviation summit.
Jay Changlani, Director, Orb 360 and Wellington Chapter Head of INZBC said that this event was an effort to get greater participation from Wellington and the regions for the big annual summit, which is a business event of national importance now.
“We encourage Kiwis to participate in big numbers and engage with the incoming delegates from India, who are not easy to get hold of in India”, Mr Changlani said.
The event witnessed some robust conversations and exchange of views on the promising potential of Indian visitors to the NZ tourism market.
Meanwhile, Bhav Dhillon, Treasurer INZBC invited business from all over New Zealand to come and take advantage of this international conference.
“The objective of the Summit is to provide a forum to bring together policy and business leaders from New Zealand and India to explore collaboration in Tourism and Aviation and to showcase New Zealand technology and expertise in these sectors. The summit would allow New Zealand and India to demonstrate their credentials in the above-mentioned sectors, for more bilateral trade, “Mr Dhillon said.
The inward-delegation will include top names like Srinivas Bommidala, Chairman-Energy & International Airports Director, GMR Group Holding Board, Som Mittal, ACK Nair, Binit Somaia, Manomay Rai, Adrian Littlewood, Rene de Monchy, Gregg Anderson and other experts, representing Airlines, Airports, Aviation services and Tourism & Hospitality industry.
All details of the summit and tickets can be found on the website: www.inzbusinesssummit.com