Chinese buyers attending TRENZ(external link) in Rotorua earlier this month were treated to two special China New Zealand Year of Tourism events on behalf of New Zealand's tourism industry and Minister of Tourism, Hon Kelvin Davis MP.
The Trilogy Partnership(external link) first celebrated the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism with a banquet showcasing Māori and Chinese culture and cuisine at Te Puia. Starting with a powhiri welcoming guests onto Te Puia's grounds, and bringing together over 70 Chinese buyers and representatives from Tourism New Zealand, Te Puia, THL/Discover Waitomo, Hobbiton, and Great Sights, along with sponsors, Polynesian Spa and MCK Hotels, the evening showcased what the China New Zealand Year of Tourism means to the Partnership.
The following morning, Thursday 16 June, the Minister of Tourism hosted breakfast for the Chinese travel agency representatives at TRENZ before they commenced their day learning about New Zealand's tourism experiences and products. The Minister was joined by the Minister of Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage MP and local MP for Waiariki, Tamati Coffey MP.
As part of his speech, the Minister highlighted how he wants Chinese visitors to experience New Zealand. His colleague Tamati Coffey MP then thanked attendees on behalf of Rotorua and the wider region, before Serene Leong, Director for Asia at Te Puia, spoke about the Year of Tourism for New Zealand's tourism industry.
All three speakers highlighted manaakitanga, New Zealand's warm hospitality. Serene gave a Chinese translation for the word, before giving the room a lesson in pronunication. Man-aa-ki-tanga - the word that sumarises most what New Zealand hopes to leave as a legacy from the China New Zealand Year of Tourism.
Thank you to all who supported both events at TRENZ Rotorua 2019.