The official 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism opening ceremony will be held at Te Papa in February 2019 and coincides with the hosting of 2,300-year-old Chinese artefacts as a part of the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition.

Event manager Katherine MacGregor said it was exciting to have the opening ceremony at Te Papa, and signals the importance of the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism to both countries.

“China is our second biggest visitor market, with 450,000 visitors coming to New Zealand in the year to June 2018, and this is set to continue to grow to 800,000 per year by 2024,” says Ms MacGregor.

“It’s important that we take the opportunities presented by the Year of Tourism to grow our understanding and ability to give Chinese visitors the best experience that New Zealand can.”

The Year of Tourism initiative was announced by the New Zealand and Chinese governments as part of an official visit from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in March 2017.

More information on the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism, and ways to get involved, can be found by visiting the Get involved section of the China-New Zealand Year of Toursim website. 

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