, Guangzhou, March 3rd (Reporter Cheng Jingwei) A tour group composed of 61 Chinese tourists departed from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on the evening of the 2nd to Auckland Airport in New Zealand, starting the "10-day tour of New Zealand's North and South Islands".

  Ke Ruiqiu, Consul General of the New Zealand Consulate General in Guangzhou, told a reporter from that this is the first tour group from mainland China to New Zealand after China resumed the outbound group tour business on February 6 this year.

Tourists from China will play an important role in New Zealand's post-epidemic economic recovery.

  Wa Fu, general manager of the Asian market of the New Zealand Tourism Bureau, said that China is one of the most important markets for New Zealand's tourism industry.

New Zealand has amazing natural beauty, rare and exotic wildlife, exciting adventure sports, great food and wine, a unique culture and a very special kind of hospitality called 'manaakitanga' (Maori for hospitality) , will bring precious experience to Chinese tourists.

  From February 6, China resumed travel agencies to operate outbound group tours for Chinese citizens to relevant countries, and 20 countries including New Zealand are on the list of pilot destinations.

  Guan Jian, spokesman of Guangzhou Guangzhi International Travel Agency, said that the group tour to New Zealand was very popular, and the original quota of 40 tourists was fully booked soon after it went on sale on February 3.

The travel agency then added additional reception resources in various links, and pushed 21 additional places, which were also sold out within one day, which reflects the enthusiasm of Chinese tourists for in-depth travel to long-distance outbound destinations such as New Zealand.