Christchurch, New Zealand Airport Wins Oceania Airport Marketing Award

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Christchurch Airport has won the international award for airport marketing. The award recognises achievements in attracting new, and maintaining existing airlines as part of its strategy to position the NZ airport as New Zealand's tourism gateway. The NZ airport is now one of four finalists competing for the Global Airport Marketing award to be decided in September this year.

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The awards recognise that Christchurch is a fantastic proposition for the development of new airline services, and we are committed to the further growth of these services into New Zealand's tourism gateway

Christchurch International Airport Ltd (CIAL) in New Zealand has received a prestigious international award for airport marketing, at the Routes Airport Marketing Awards in Hyderabad, India.

The awards recognise the effort that this NZ airport has put into attracting new, and maintaining existing, airlines to CIAL, as part of its strategy to position the NZ airport as New Zealand's tourism gateway.

CIAL was presented with the Oceania Airport Marketing Award, defeating Auckland as well as Melbourne and Sydney who were also finalists, to win the supreme Asia Pacific Airport Marketing Award. Finalists for the supreme award included Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and other leading airports from throughout Asia Pacific.

Winning this award means that CIAL is one of four finalists now competing for the Global Airport Marketing award, to be decided in Beijing in September this year. Other finalists will be from the winners of the Europe, Africa and Americas awards.

Jim Boult, CIAL's acting Chief Executive, said the awards were a great achievement for Christchurch Airport, particularly in an environment where most NZ airports and other international airports are focused on the retention of existing air routes, rather than the development of new airline services.

Mr Boult said a lot of credit for the award needed to go to Christchurch Airport's airline partners.

"The airline relationships that our team have built are critical to our route development strategy. We work closely with airlines throughout the Asia-Pacific region.    

"The awards recognise that Christchurch is a fantastic proposition for the development of new airline services, and we are committed to the further growth of these services into New Zealand's tourism gateway," he said.

The awards are judged on airport marketing, relationship management and route development strategies, and are presented following an airline voting process.

Christchurch Airport's true point of difference is its overwhelming involvement in tourism marketing, through initiatives including the joint promotion of the South Island by working with airlines, tourism offices and wholesalers, ensuring tourist numbers continue to increase into the South Island.

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