We’ve arrived… Andrew Clark, regional director Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific Hong Kong Tourism Board; Li Dianchun, Hong Kong Airlines’ chief commercial officer We’ve arrived… Andrew Clark, regional director Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific Hong Kong Tourism Board; Li Dianchun, Hong Kong Airlines’ chief commercial officer

Pressure on fares to Hong Kong

Trade can expect ongoing price stimulation between Auckland and Hong Kong now that Hong Kong Airlines has become number three on the route along with Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific, says Andrew Clark, regional director Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific with Hong Kong Tourism Board.
‘As I’ve seen in other markets, once you get a third carrier on a route air fares become somewhat more competitive, ‘ he says.
Clark was one of the dignitaries at Auckland International Airport following the arrival of the inaugural HX021 service at 7.17am (13 minutes early) on Friday. It departed at 10.30am as HX022.
Hong Kong Airlines is now flying daily between the two cities but recently announced that the frequency will increase to 10 times a week between 9 December 2016 and 27 February as a direct result of forward bookings.

Clark says he realises that most of the action will be inbound into New Zealand. ‘But there will times, especially low season, when New Zealanders will be encouraged to travel.’
Clark says vacation traffic to Hong Kong from New Zealand grew by 2.6% over the past year, with the cruise sector from this market increasing by a massive 58%. The latter figure coincides with the opening of a new cruise terminal and the role of Hong Kong as
a cruise hub in Asia.
‘Over 50% of our leisure visitors from New Zealand are repeaters, so we know we hit the market right as far as holidays are concerned.’
He says the New Zealand trade should watch for promotions of Old Town Central from about March next year. This is an area that includes Sheung Wan, So Ho and central and now has an eclectic mix of modern and traditional outlets in the original cobble-stoned streets. ‘You will find local market stalls next to a Spanish Deli, then a Chinese tea shop next to a craft beer outlet, a trendy wine bar and much more. That’s something that will really appeal to repeat clients.’
Hong Kong Airlines’ chief commercial officer, Li Dianchun, says the airline anticipates strong demand out of New Zealand to Hong Kong and the beyond connections in Asia. These include Taiwan and Japan.
The carrier also has convenient connections to Delhi with Air India and Mumbai with Jet Airways.

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