A Tourism and Culture Carnival Gala between New Zealand and China was held on Friday 10 May at Te Papa as part of the 2019 China Tourism and Culture Week and the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism.
During the carnival hosted by the China Cultural Centre, artists from southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality took part in magic shows, acrobatics, and sand-drawing performances. Responding to the oriental plate was a passionate Maori-style cabaret performance and beautiful songs from New Zealand's well-known violinist Elena.
Justin Lester, the mayor of Wellington City, stressed that China remains the second largest overseas tourist market of New Zealand with more than 450,000 Chinese visitors visited the country last year while around 600,000 visits were exchanged between the two countries.
"China is a massive, massive market to New Zealand. Fortunately for us, we have an outstanding relationship with China for many, many decades," said the mayor.
The 2019 China Tourism and Culture Week Auckland Breakfast and the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism Chongqing Tourism Promotion kicked off in New Zealand's Auckland on Thursday, 9 May before moving to Wellington on Friday 10 May.
Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is rich in tourism resources and will hold the China Western Tourism Industry Expo in June, and the 2019 Chongqing Global Travel Business Conference in November.
The promotion was one in a series of events marking China Culture and Tourism Week, which will be simultaneously celebrated across 34 Chinese-culture centers and 19 tourist offices around the world.