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China's biggest airline touches down at Millbrook

Wed, 13th Apr 2011

Media release from Millbrook Resort
13 April 2011

China’s biggest airline touches down at Millbrook

Showcasing the best of New Zealand hospitality, Millbrook Resort yesterday hosted a Chinese delegation at the luxury Queenstown property for an evening of meeting and dining with local tourism industry personnel.

China Southern Airlines is one of the largest and fastest growing in the world and to launch the inaugural service between Gaungzhou and Auckland, a delegation was hosted on a familiarization trip to three New Zealand destinations (Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown).  During the tour, the airline signaled its commitment to New Zealand by announcing it planned to increase its thrice weekly direct service to a daily one.

Millbrook General Manager David Onions said the potential for New Zealand, Queenstown and Millbrook was absolutely huge.

“Chinese tourist arrivals to New Zealand increased 20% last year to 123,000 and they spend $300 per night on average. This number will now grow exponentially, it’s a big coup for New Zealand and in Queenstown, we now need to work with Auckland Airport to make sure we attract this business south to Queenstown.”   

The function last night introduced the Chinese delegates to Queenstown’s tourism community as a first move towards working together.

“It was very important for us to showcase the best of New Zealand hospitality by hosting this delegation.  We were well aware that Millbrook had been chosen for that purpose and made sure we delivered on that expectation,” he said.  

“Many of these people had never been to New Zealand before, and now they have been to Queenstown.  We look forward to working with them in the future to grow tourism in our region.

The dinner was hosted by Auckland airport and the delegates welcomed to the resort with speeches from Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa van Uden, Destination Queenstown CEO Tony Everitt, Queenstown Airport CEO Steve Sanderson and Auckland Airport’s GM Aeronautical Business Development Glenn Wedlock. Zhang Lin, Vice President International Affairs Office China Southern Airlines, responded on behalf of the Chinese people.

Picture captions: 1/ From L-R Steve Sanderson of Queenstown airport, Zhang Lin, Vice President International Affairs Office China Southern Airlines, Mayor Vanessa van Uden and Destination Queenstown’s Tony Everitt

2/ Millbrook Pavillion themed for the occasion
3/Table 8 enjoys the evening

For further media information or the image in high resolution please contact:

David Onions
General Manager
+64 3 441 7000 ext 7400

More about Millbrook

Set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre against a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges on the outskirts of world-renowned tourism destination Queenstown, Millbrook was formerly a wheat farm with a 150-year history. It’s retained many heritage features including the original Millhouse, rustic buildings and a majestic avenue of trees.

Millbrook features five-star accommodation, world class dining, the Spa at Millbrook (ranked among the Top Ten in the World), a health and fitness centre, a championship 27 hole golf course, covered driving range, swimming pool, outdoor spa pools, tennis courts and several kilometres of biking and walking trails.

Millbrook’s numerous neighbourhoods range from Butel Villas to 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages and luxurious Fairway Homes. 

Nearby you can enjoy the gold rush era village of Arrowtown with its many restaurants, museums and shops. Queenstown’s attractions include a wide range of activities, wineries, easy access to five ski areas, gret nightlife and award-winning restaurants and bars.