Aussie tourists flock to Queenstown

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Queenstown Airport is flying high. New figures show it was the country’s second busiest airport behind Auckland for arrivals from Australia in July.

That’s a 15.8 percent jump compared with the same month last year,Wholesale Clay Matthews Jersey, and pushed Christchurch Airport out of second place.

Saturdays at Queenstown Airport are hectic. At peak times, up to eight trans-Tasman flights come through.

Our objective is to grab them and show the Aussies a wonderful time and get them to come back, says Queenstown Airport chief executive Scott Paterson.

And they are coming back. More than 19,000 visitors touched down from across the Tasman in July. That s 20 percent of the 97,Wholesale Green Bay Packers Hats,000 Aussie tourists in New Zealand.

Auckland Airport holds 24.9 percent stake in Queenstown Airport, and Mr Paterson says that s paying off.

Our indicators are testament to our excellent marketing companies and very targeted campaign by a lot of people.

After a two-and-a-half hour flight, most Aussies head for the snow this time of year. And the mountain s turned it on.

It s a better value destination than skiing in Australia, says Cornet Peak ski area manager Ross Copland. And the product we put out there is first class,The power of the AC72, so we re getting great feedback.

The airport s already expanded its international departure lounge because of demand,Wholesale Packers Jersey, and in the next five years plans to grow the international arrivals area.

It hopes new marketing campaigns will encourage Aussies to visit Queenstown all year round and not just to ski.

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