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Big interest globally for NZ

Flight Centre reports that bookings to New Zealand have increased more than 65% in the last three months across its stores worldwide.

It seems that the warmer months have enticed overseas travellers to experience a classic Kiwi summer, with nearly 80% of bookings from the last three months being for travel through until the end of March 2024.

Flight Centre operates in several countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

Bookings from Australia made up 57% of the overall New Zealand bookings since October, and bookings from the UK and Canada were also high.

In terms of where tourists are going, Auckland is by far the most popular destination with most tourists starting their holidays in Auckland and continuing via road, but Queenstown, Nelson and Hawke’s Bay are also ranking high.

Heidi Walker, general manager of Flight Centre New Zealand, says while the focus for the New Zealand side of the business is on outbound travel, there’s always an eye on inbound travel trends as well.

Two-way travel demand is key for airlines when deciding whether to increase services to New Zealand. Both are needed to maximise an airlines’ revenue as it ensures a consistent flow of passengers – optimising seat occupancy and overall profitability.’

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