Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Argentina seeks to boost air connections to China through NZ

Argentina seeks to boost air connections to China through NZ

By Pattrick Smellie

Oct. 13 (BusinessDesk) - Argentina's new, reformist government is seeking to accelerate the growth of Asian tourism to South America via New Zealand and Australia in what its visiting deputy tourism minister, Ramiro Alem, describes as a "look south" strategy.

In New Zealand this week for talks with Air New Zealand, Auckland International Airport, government officials and tourism bodies, Alem told BusinessDesk the fledgling government of Mauricio Macri is reaching out on numerous fronts to re-engage with global markets after a prolonged period of insularity caused by an inward-looking, weak and highly protected domestic economy of the previous Peronist government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

"We grow up looking North," he said, referring to the inevitable magnet of the United States for Latin America and the region's heritage of colonisation by Europe.

"The opportunity to build the south-to-south connections is the central idea of what we have been discussing. Right now, Argentina is looking for the right partners to grow."

While the strategy is in its infancy, Alem says Argentina sees opportunities for Australasia and South America to create a new focus for the flood of Asian tourists, especially from China, who have also tended to look most to North America and Europe for holiday options.

Key to the plan is air connectivity, with Air New Zealand's current three direct flights a week to Buenos Aires from Auckland a basic building block. The service rises to four and five services per week during shoulder and peak seasons, and Alem hopes to see the route grow to a year-round daily service over time.

A combination of tourism, international education and sporting links - increasingly rugby - are supporting the route, which Air New Zealand said had "performed well since its launch almost two years ago".

"Overall visitor arrivals to New Zealand from Argentina have more than tripled over this period," an airline spokeswoman said. "In response to strong demand, we will operate 15 percent more capacity between Auckland and Buenos Aires in FY18 than in FY17."

Said Alem: "The strategic thinking is that Auckland to Buenos Aires is one of the most seasonal routes for Air New Zealand, so the opportunity is Chinese people flying in the low season. There is an opportunity to work together to build that Asian traffic.

Job creation is the central focus for the Argentine government.

"Today, Argentina has three out of 10 living below the poverty line, 28 percent of the population. We have no time to lose," said Alem.

While business travel was not a specific focus of the south-to-south connection idea, Alem stressed that the 20 month-old Macri government has a huge infrastructure programme with some US$10 billion of projects on the books, many of which would attract international partners.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

ScoopPro: Helping The Education Sector Get More Out Of Scoop

The ScoopPro professional license includes a suite of useful information tools for professional users of Scoop including some specifically for those in the education sector to make your Scoop experience better. More>>

Big Tax Bill Due: Destiny Church Charities Deregistered

The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register on 20 December 2017 because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations. More>>

57 Million Users' Data: Uber Breach "Utterly Preventatable"

Cybersecurity leader Centrify says the Uber data breach of 57 million customer and driver records - which the ride-hailing company hid for more than a year - was “utterly preventable”. More>>

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

Having A Cow? Dairy Product Prices Slide For Fourth Straight Auction

Dairy product prices fell at the Global Dairy Trade auction, retreating for the fourth straight auction amid signs of increased production... Whole milk powder fell 2.7 percent to US$2,778 a tonne. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Bill Bennett on Tech