A prominent Taiwanese TV news anchor has likened Queenstown to heaven.
HaiYin Chen, a lead anchor for ETTV Taiwan’s Eastern Evening News and her renowned architect husband Lienchuan Yu have been hosted on an eight-day tour of New Zealand by Auckland Airport.
The tour was designed to promote NZ as a tourist destination in Taiwan after China Airlines resumed Auckland-Taipei flights, via Brisbane, last year.
Auckland Airport hopes to increase Taiwanese visitor arrivals from 11,500 a year to 21,000 by 2020.
Chen has more than 25,600,000 visitors to her online blog post.
Chen and her husband spent the last two days of their trip in Queenstown to coincide with opening of Winter Festival.
After skydiving on Sunday with NZONE, Chen told Mountain Scene through interpreter Helen Li-Bowker that “this place is like heaven”.
“She believes that Taiwanese will choose NZ because it’s such a beautiful place and this is exactly what Taiwanese people are after”.
“And a lot of people are actually thinking of immigrating to NZ as well.”
During their Queenstown visit Chen and her husband also took a Shotover Jet ride, a boat trip to Walter Peak Farm, a tour of Gibbston Valley Wines and enjoyed shopping.
They also attended a ‘Celebrating Asia’ night hosted by Auckland Airport on the opening night of Winter Festival.
Li-Bowker says Chen also raved about the festival and its potential to attract visitors.