NZ Tourism signs MoU with Tencent to attract more Chinese travellers

Travel and Tour World | May 03, 2019

On Thursday, Tourism New Zealand announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tencent Holdings Limited of China, a leading provider of internet value-added services in Shenzhen, to jointly support the growth of Chinese Free Independent Travellers (FIT) with unique travel experiences, and boost New Zealand as a desirable, high-value international destination for Chinese travellers.The MoU makes the collaboration between Tourism New Zealand and Tencent official, and will strengthen Tencent’s integrated marketing outreach in mainland China. It also deepens Tourism New Zealands understanding of Chinese tourists through Tencent Social Solution, which includes WeChat advertisements and WeChat Mini Programs.

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If you’re a vacation junkie – one part of your brain is always busy planning the next break – here’s some great news for you: you are reaping a host of physical, mental and emotional benefits, way more than you anticipated!For example, those little bubble-bursts of energy that pop before you’ve even started the vacation are actually your heart pumping with excitement, causing an adrenalin rush! And the happiness hormones are doing a constant jig, which is marvelous for your state of mind! Next time you’re on vacation, tell people it’s recommended therapy!

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TreviPay | October 19, 2022

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The highly competitive aviation industry, which runs on an inter-dependent network of vendors and merchants, includes aviation customers who are looking for support in securing fuel and services while providing the best value to retain its customers and business partners. The TreviPay Aviation Network is the result of TreviPay combining its rich experience in payments and invoicing technology with KHI’s comprehensive global network of 7,000 ICAO locations and more than 22,000 terminals in 220 countries and territories transacting in 56 currencies. “The TreviPay Aviation Network will leverage TreviPay’s proprietary technology and KHI’s network to allow FBOs and trip support services organizations to offer outstanding payments and invoicing convenience to their customers, even as those customers travel beyond the FBOs’ locations, The TreviPay Aviation Network will help FBOs to grow, drive loyalty and increase their customers’ purchasing power around the world.” -Brandon Spear, CEO of TreviPay. 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Paysafe | October 21, 2022

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Guesty | September 15, 2022

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