Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager South and South-East Asia, Steven Dixon says, “The two- day event provides a unique opportunity for New Zealand tourism operators to educate and build relationships with key travel sellers in India.”
Kiwi Link India is a key trade training event in Tourism New Zealand’s calendar. It is an opportunity for both new and experienced operators to develop relationships with travel agents to increase their sales out of India.
Preference for New Zealand in India is very high and this preference is converting into holiday arrivals. In the past year alone, holiday arrivals from India have increased by 19.2 % so it’s no surprise that there was an increase in registrations for Kiwi Link this year. Indian travel agents are eager to learn more about New Zealand’s unique offerings.
Following Kiwi Link Tourism New Zealand held training events for more than 50 travel agents in Bengaluru and New Delhi which 26 of the New Zealand operators stayed on to participate in.
Dixon added, “Bengaluru and New Delhi are important source cities for us and are both showing strong growth. We recently increased our presence in New Delhi to ensure we are reaching our key target market of independent professionals in Northern India.”
In attendance at Kiwi Link India this year there was record 40 New Zealand tourism operators, three airlines – Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways, Immigration New Zealand, and 72 Indian travel agents from 49 different companies.