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Daily Shanghai-NZ direct flight available soon

NEW Zealand plans to introduce daily direct flights to Shanghai and Beijing before the end of this year, New Zealand tourism authority said in Shanghai today.

The daily direct flights by China Southern Airlines are expected to attract more Chinese travelers to New Zealand.

"China is our fourth biggest tourist-generating country, next only to Australia, UK and the US," said Kevin Bowler, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand. "And in 18 months, the country is expected to surpass the US to become our third biggest tourist-generating country."

He said New Zealand will also improve its visa processing efficiency for Chinese tourists. It has already opened an immigration office in Shanghai to issue visas to tourists.

"We hope that individual Chinese travelers can get their visas within 10 days," said Jonathan Coleman, New Zealand Immigration Minister and Associate Tourism Minister. "And tourists can hand in their application materials in Chinese."

Last year more than 130,000 Chinese tourists went to New Zealand, up about 25 percent over 2009, according to Tourism New Zealand.


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