"New Zealand - New Horizon" drawing competition to kick off direct flights between two countries.
The New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam launched the 2016 installment of the “New Zealand - New Horizon” competition at FPT University in Hanoi on April 22 for designing a poster and slogan promoting New Zealand tourism.
The competition also promotes direct flights by Air New Zealand between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City that start in June.
“New Zealand - New Horizon” aims to increase interest and knowledge about New Zealand tourism, its beautiful scenery, exciting adventure tourism, locations of movie scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, unique culture and food, and its relationship with Vietnam.
“Tourism links are a really important strand in the web of connections between two countries,” said New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E Haike Manning.
“Tourism is a significant part of the economies of New Zealand and Vietnam but from the perspective of our broader bilateral relationship tourism has many other important spin offs, such as increasing cultural awareness and understanding, and education links.”
Air New Zealand’s direct service between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City is a huge opportunity for both countries, the Ambassador emphasized.
Over 30,000 New Zealanders travel to Vietnam each year but the number of Vietnamese traveling in the other direction remains modest.
“‘New Zealand - New Horizon’ is an opportunity for the creative Vietnamese public to share their ideas about New Zealand and how it could be portrayed to Vietnamese tourists,” Ambassador Manning said. “There are some great prizes up for grabs, including a return trip for two to New Zealand.”