Consul General Jin Zhijian and his wife paid a visit to the Queenstown Lake District on February 2 to 3. During their visit, Consul General Jin met with National's Member of Parliament Todd Barclay, Regional Tourism Organisations NZ chief executive Graham Budd and other officials and participated in related cultural events.
Consul General Jin and Mr Barclay focused their discussion on Sino-New Zealand relationships and exchanged views on the cooperation between China and the South Island. Consul General Jin pointed out that the cooperation between China and the South Island in areas of economy and trade, tourism, education and culture have been fruitful, bringing tangible benefits to both peoples. The two sides should take the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the formal launch of negotiations on upgrading the bilateral FTA as an opportunity to expand friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation so as to take China and the South Island relations to a new level.
Mr Barclay spoke positively of the development of Sino-New Zealand relations and the remarkable progress made in the exchanges between China and the South Island in recent years. He expressed that New Zealand values highly the relations with China, and is willing to work with the Chinese side to explore new growth points for cooperation and welcome more Chinese enterprises to invest in the South Island.
Consul General Jin and Mr. Budd focused their discussion on how to deepen bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector. Consul General Jin expressed that the tourism industry has become one of the priorities of pragmatic cooperation between China and New Zealand. The number of Chinese tourists visiting Queenstown is increasing year after year. He hoped that the local tourism industry will continue to provide quality service that target Chinese tourists' needs and characteristics. In addition, both sides can further explore tourism infrastructure construction and similar areas to deepen cooperation.
Mr. Budd said the Queenstown tourism board welcomes more Chinese tourists to visit and for that they will create better products and services to ensure Chinese tourists can have a safe and enjoyable journey and look forward to further strengthening exchanges and cooperation with the Consulate General.
During the visit, Consul General Jin and his wife were also invited to attend the opening ceremony of Chinese artist Ben Ho and had a dinner with representatives from the local overseas Chinese community.