Rolling out the welcome mat for a delegation from China Southern
Airlines saw Hanmer Springs star in efforts to secure the just
A senior management delegation from the airline visited Hanmer
Springs with Christchurch Airport managers, who asked Hanmer locals
to show them the experience Chinese visitors could expect in
regional South Island.
Airport Chief Commercial Officer - Aeronautical, Justin Watson,
says the Hanmer effort blew him and the airline officials away.
"The teams at the Heritage and at the Hanmer Springs Thermal
Pools and Spa did an outstanding job, local legend Mark Inglis
shared his emotionally charged story and the team at Malabar Café
knocked everybody's socks off. They hosted the group to dinner,
personalised the menus in Mandarin and delivered a dessert in a
sealed can with the China Southern logo on it. Simply put, they
delivered a master class in how to make an impact."
"We wanted the group from China Southern Airlines to connect
with the people of the South Island, not just the place, so we
invited climber and explorer Mark Inglis to spend time with the
group, share his story and join us as we visited the glaciers of
the West Coast and Mt Cook regions. Mark climbed Everest from the
Chinese side and is also helping a Chinese climber who lost his
legs on Everest, to climb it again. Mark is one of the world's
great story tellers and he certainly made an impression on the