31 Jan 2013

NZ does well in Chinese travel club awards

6:57 am on 31 January 2013

New Zealand has been named the world's best luxury destination for affluent Chinese travellers by the Shanghai Travelers' Club in its 2013 Luxury Travel Awards.

Auckland International Airport was named the world's best airport, Whare Kea Lodge the best Asia-Pacific boutique hotel and Millbrook the best Asia-Pacific golf course.

The results follow a vote by the 3400 Chinese members of the Shanghai Travelers' Club.

Tourism New Zealand has been focussing its efforts on attracting high-value Chinese visitors to the country.

International visitor arrival statistics for November 2012 showed China had overtaken the United Kingdom to become New Zealand's second largest source of arrivals.