Making travel from Indonesia easier
New Zealand is making it easier for Indonesians travelling here for business events with faster visa processing times and reduced paperwork requirements.
The new arrangements were formalised with the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) in Jakarta today between Immigration New Zealand (INZ), Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and four approved travel agents.
Head of Immigration New Zealand, Nigel Bickle, who was at today’s signing, says,” these changes are good news for New Zealand and reflect the importance that the New Zealand government places on high value visitors from Indonesia”
“New Zealand is a fantastic destination for business travellers, with substantial growth underway in conference facilities in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.”
Under the new arrangements, Indonesian incentive groups and other business event travellers will benefit from a more streamlined visa service with faster processing times of three days, reducing the paperwork they need to provide.
The four approved travel agents have been selected on their ability to attract high value and low risk business event visitors to New Zealand.
Also present at the MOU signing was Tourism New Zealand Regional Manager for South and South East Asia, Steven Dixon.
“Indonesia is one of our priority markets for tourism and business events, with almost 17,000 Indonesians visiting New Zealand over the past year - a 17 per cent increase on the previous year,” he says. “With numbers continuing to soar, I’m confident that attracting more high calibre visitors from Indonesia will have a positive impact on the New Zealand economy.”
Immigration Head Nigel Bickle is on the Public sector panel at the 2015 TIA Natonal Tourism Summit