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New Zealand tourism 'doing well'

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17 December 2009

New Zealand has remained a popular destination for a holiday despite the global economic crisis, it has been claimed.

Acting chief executive of Tourism New Zealand, Tim Hunter, stated that the country has emerged from the downturn "better than expected".

"We've had a bumper year out of Australia and many of our smaller markets (including France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, India and Italy) have remained in growth," he remarked.

According to Mr Hunter, while international travel worldwide is predicted to have declined by approximately five per cent due to the recession, New Zealand's share is estimated to have only dropped by one per cent.

Commenting on the UK market in the organisation's latest Tourism News publication, he added that Christmas next year is expected to see a boost in travellers visiting the country from Britain.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that people holidaying in Australia are about to find it easier to visit New Zealand, with the expansion of Air New Zealand flights to the North Island from Sydney.

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