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New Zealand, the number one tourist destination at the Condé Nast Awards

Media Release, September 22

NEW DELHI

It’s official! New Zealand has been voted as the most preferred tourist destination at the Condé Nast Traveller Awards 2005 held in UK.

No less than thirty thousand Condé Nast Traveller readers voted for their favourite holiday destination in a questionnaire published earlier this year. New Zealand received top marks for scenery (99), environmental friendliness (98.87) and safety (97).

New Zealand also took the top overall prize, beating out winners of 23 other categories. Readers graded their chosen country in 10 separate categories. These included climate, culture, food and scenery. With an overall rating of 97.33 (out of a possible 100), New Zealand beat Thailand, Australia and Italy to top the charts.

"The result is gratifying not just because of the win, but because the readers who voted for us are the sort of people we are trying to attract to New Zealand. Condé Nast Traveller readers are affluent, upwardly mobile professionals, and, most importantly, are very interested in travel. This really is an amazing result that adds to New Zealand's reputation as a high quality visitor destination”, said Mark Burton, Tourism Minister, New Zealand.

New Zealand is a big hit with Indian tourists who are attracted by its natural beauty and the varied holiday options that New Zealand provides. From adventure sports to luxury lodges, New Zealand has a lot to offer to the discerning tourist.

Condé Nast Traveller is a monthly glossy magazine with a circulation of 83,092 (ABC), which has risen steadily since its launch in the UK in 1997.

The website www.newzealand.com, a window to New Zealand, has over 3 million user sessions a year, and has won an ‘International Webby award’ for the Best Tourism Website in the world earlier this year.

For further information, please contact:

Teena Sukheja

Perfect Relations

Tel:- 24372172, 9871597718

email: tsukheja@perfectrelations.com