2nd charter flight from China: Chinese tourists continue the experience in New Caledonia

On Thursday 27 September at 3:00 pm, flight SB901 on charter from Tianjin[1] in China, landed at Tontouta Airport. For the 231 Chinese tourists on board, it marked the beginning of a dream holiday, organised by the Chinese Tour Operator Caïssa with the participation of local industry professionals and it also confirms the tourist outreach strategy by New Caledonia Tourism and Aircalin.

After the success enjoyed by the first charter flight in February this year, Aircal renewed the “China Charter” operation: flight SB901 from Tianjin landed at Nouméa-La Tontouta Airport on Thursday, 27 September, with its return scheduled for 3 October. Organised by the Tour Operator Caïssa and the inbound reception agency Noumea Travel Specialist, an upmarket trip is waiting for the Chinese

tourists, from Noumea to Bourail, taking in the Isle of Pines and staying in 4 or 5-star accommodation (the Marriott hotel group, the Ouré Lodge and the Château Royal).

For the New Caledonian tourist industry, fully committed to a « Destination China Agreement » signed last April, this represents a new step which confirms the budding enthusiasm being aroused in this gigantic market of over 100 million tourists.  Aircalin is continuing its approach to the Chinese market and its mission of developing tourism and for several years now, it has had sales representation in China, through Pacific Aviation Marketing (GSA, General Sales Agent). At the same time, New Caledonia Tourism maintains its active outreach to this market, via its representative agency in China, which, after having launched the first China workshop in June, will organize several familiarization trips for Chinese media, influencers and tour operators.

A local, large-scale project offering significant economic benefits and involving all New Caledonia’s tourism professionals!

NEW CALEDONIA TOURISM, AN OVERVIEW:

New Caledonia Tourism (NCTPS) is an Economic Interest Group (GIE) and is the link between its institutional partners and the tourism sector professionals, ensuring tourism is promoted from:

– New Caledonia to the international market, under the brand of “New Caledonia, Pacific Heart

– the South Province to the local market under the brand of “Destination South Province

Founded in 2001, it is financed by the South Province and also by its local tourism industry members. It is based in Nouméa, with representation in Australia, Japan, France, New Zealand, Italy and China.

 

Press Contact NCTPS :

Philippe ARTIGUE Tel. 24 20 75 / p.artigue@nctps.com

AIRCALIN, AN OVERVIEW:

Network: AIRCALIN flies to 11 destinations: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, Nadi, Port Vila, Wallis, Futuna, Papeete, Osaka and Tokyo. From New Caledonia, it can offer access to over 110 destinations in 50 countries

Fleet:    2 Airbus A.330-200, 2 Airbus A.320-200, 2 Twin-Otter

Business activity 2017: 403 700 passengers, 5 000 tonnes of freight, turnover 18 billion XPF.

Safety standards: IATA, IOSA.

New Caledonian company: 548 employees, including 479 in New Caledonia.

Recognition of quality: ISO 9001 certified, ranked 1st class in economy in 2016 among the French DOM TOM French companies (Flight Report).

 

Press Contact Aircalin:

Julie Blanchard Tel 25 54 49 / 26 55 46 / 77 14 41   julie.blanchard@aircalin.nc

 

[1] Tianjin, located 130km from Beijing, is China’s 4th largest city with 15 million inhabitants.

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