Queenstown to host Chinese VIPs

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Queenstown will be overrun with Chinese VIPs following yesterday’s first China Southern Airlines’ touch-down in Auckland.

A 70-strong Chinese delegation will jet into the resort on Tuesday and be treated to local attractions – a game of golf at Millbrook, a Shotover Jet experience, a meal at Botswana Butchery, a trip on Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw and an Arrowtown visit.

The group arrived on the first direct flight between thriving Chinese city Guangzhou and Auckland and are scheduled to visit Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown on their jaunt.

Local tourism operators and business owners will mingle with the high-flying Chinese visitors at a gala dinner at Millbrook hosted by Queenstown Airport, Auckland Airport and Destination Queenstown.

Queenstown Airport boss Steve Sanderson says: “Auckland Airport has been totally committed to growing the number of direct air links with China as quickly as possible to help New Zealand get its fair share of the fastest-growing tourism market in the world”.

The three-weekly flights between China and Auckland are expected to pull 68,000 high-spending Chinese travellers to New Zealand shores each year.