Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Goff welcomes increased German interest in NZ

Hon Phil Goff - Minister of Trade

12 March 2006

Goff welcomes increased German interest in NZ

New Zealand is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination for German tourists, young people on working holidays and students, says Trade Minister Phil Goff.

Mr Goff was speaking in Berlin at the New Zealand Tourism Awards at Europe's largest travel show, the ITB, held in Germany over this weekend.

"Close to 80,000 people a year are now visiting New Zealand from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and this number looks likely to grow. Germany is the third largest economy in the world and as its economy recovers its people are forecast to become the most travelled in the world.

"The long haul market in particular is growing strongly and New Zealand needs to fully tap into the potential this offers us.

"A strong foundation for promoting New Zealand is the 98 per cent satisfaction rate by Germans returning from a holiday to our country.

"New Zealand's reputation for spectacular scenery, 100% Pure, its film industry, and world-beating food and wine appeal strongly to the German market.

"The Working Holiday Scheme has been a real success story. From a small start of just 200 places four years ago, applications are likely to exceed 4500 in the coming year, and international student numbers are also growing steadily, to close to 2000 a year.

"In a highly competitive world market, New Zealand can never afford to be complacent. However, the qualities on offer in New Zealand and the excellent promotional work done by tourist operators in Germany promise a good future for travel out of Germany to New Zealand," Mr Goff said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news