Second Niue flight boosts tourist numbers


Niue, which had only one weekly flight connecting it to New Zealand, added a second fortnightly flight two months ago to cater to the high season between months of April and October.<!--more-->

Teresa Scott, Chairwoman of the Niue Tourism Board, told Radio New Zealand last week that the board is now forecasting a 30 per cent increase in passenger arrivals this year thanks to the additional flight.

Ms Scott says while some of the new flights had low bookings in April and May, it was still classified as the shoulder season and forward bookings from now to December are healthy.

“We always expected that it’s going to take a while for people to pick and know that we have the additional flights so a marketing trend has to happen there as well so that wasn’t entirely unexpected but certainly the bookings for the winter period for even the additional flights are looking quite good at this point,” she told the radio service.

The tourism office had launched a competition “Why You Need a Holiday to Niue!” to coincide with the addition of the second flight and the response to the competition was reported to be “overwhelming”, as reported in <b>Pacific Periscope</b> (April 12, 2013).