Bollywood hunk Sidharth Malhotra welcomed the Prime Minister of New Zealand. The Right Honourable John Key received a warm Indian welcome from Tourism New Zealand’s brand ambassador in New Delhi. The event began with a symbolic celebration of Diwali to welcome PM Key who is also New Zealand’s Minister of Tourism.
Sidharth Malhotra who is Tourism New Zealand’s brand ambassador in India recalled his trip to the beautiful country and said, “I was very humbled to be chosen as the Tourism Ambassador for New Zealand. I have countless memories of incredible experiences. New Zealand is a stunning country and a fantastic destination for adventure sports. While in New Zealand, I also enjoyed learning about its fascinating Maori culture. I know New Zealand is a destination every Indian would love to visit.”
Speaking at the event regional manager Dixon said, “India is a priority emerging market for New Zealand and we have witnessed significant year on year growth in visitor arrivals. While this growth is really exciting to see, we think the India market has even greater potential. We are investing to maximise the opportunity, which includes growing the Tourism New Zealand team here in India.”
He further added that, “At the personal and business level, there is also much that India and New Zealand have in common. Our values are similar, as shown by the vibrancy and diversity of our populations. Indians and Kiwis also share a love of sport (particularly cricket) and we both pride ourselves on the quality of our food and on the warm hosting offered to visitors by our friendly people. The two way flow of tourists between our countries is an important form of cultural exchange and demonstrates the interest our people take in each other’s culture. We are seeing a pleasing increase in Indian visitors arriving into New Zealand, but it is important to note that the number of Kiwis choosing to visit India is also growing.”
Attending the event were Union Minister of Tourism and Culture; former Blackcaps captain and cricketer Brendon McCullum; the New Zealand High Commissioner to India, HE Grahame Morton; David Craig, general manager, Asia, Tourism New Zealand and Steven Dixon, regional manager, South and South East Asia, Tourism New Zealand.
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