$1/4 million fund launched to stimulate Japanese tourism

Press Release – Auckland Airport Media Release – 18 September 2012 $1/4 million fund launched to stimulate Japanese tourism Auckland Airport initiative supports PM’s focus on Japan, with new fund to help tourism industry attract Japanese travellers Japanese market poised to rebound … Media Release – 18 September 2012 $1/4 million fund launched to stimulate Japanese tourism Auckland Airport initiative supports PM’s focus on Japan, with new fund to help tourism industry attract Japanese travellers Japanese market poised to rebound following several tough years A new Japan innovation fund launched today by Auckland Airport will further encourage New Zealand tourism businesses to develop products and services that inspire more Japanese to visit New Zealand and help reverse the decline in visitor arrivals seen in recent years. Coming hot on the heels of Prime Minister John Key’s recent visit to Japan to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Auckland Airport has announced a contestable $250,000 Japan Innovation Fund to support further development from the industry and improve our competitiveness. “Japan is a high potential tourism market that is showing strong signs of being ready to rebound to peak visitor numbers,” says Glenn Wedlock, Auckland Airport’s General Manager Aeronautical Commercial. “The Japan Innovation Fund is part of our Ambition 2020 initiative1, focused on getting the Japanese tourist market back up to more than 100,000 visitors each year....

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