An aeronautical business-focussed delegation from Christchurch
Airport is heading to Asia to meet heads of airlines considering
flying to the South Island.
The delegation will be headed by the CEO of Christchurch
International Airport, Jim Boult, with representatives of
Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism and the Canterbury
Development Corporation. Mayor Bob Parker and Mayoress Joanna
Nicholls-Parker will also join the group.
Jim Boult says the purpose of the visit is to cement
relationships with Christchurch, to progress tourism, trade and
investment, as well as to connect with airlines which could
increase current services here or begin new ones.
He says it is vital to have the Mayoral couple in the
delegation, as demonstrated by recent similar trips to Asia by the
mayors of Auckland and Wellington. CIAL invited the couple to work
with the delegation and will cover all their costs.
"The delegation is focussed on enticing more international
support, resources and investment to keep tourists coming here. We
are working hard to bring more visitors here, to keep growing
tourism of the undamaged South Island and to assist in the rebuild
of Christchurch. New Zealand's number one industry is tourism and
the South Island has breathtaking scenery and amazing attractions
The airport team will be joined in India, on the final leg of
the trip, by newly appointed Airport Ambassador Sir Richard Hadlee
and a later visit will include fellow ambassador rugby hero Brad