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Two internationally respected sportsmen have signed on to represent Christchurch International Airport overseas. Cricket great Sir Richard Hadlee and rugby hero Brad Thorn are the first of a team of Christchurch International Airport Ambassadors and will represent the airport in India and Japan respectively.
Sir Richard will begin his duties next month, travelling to India with airport managers to meet airline and travel industry executives and other officials.
Christchurch International Airport CEO Jim Boult said: “Sir Richard is a cricketing legend recognised the world over and particularly in India, where cricket has a very strong following.”
Sir Richard also said he is delighted by the opportunity: “Christchurch Airport is the gateway to the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. It’s also is my home and has the best New Zealand has to offer. I look out my window towards the stunning Southern Alps and know it’s exactly the sight many Indian travellers come here to see.”
Brad Thorn is acknowledged as the former hard man of the All Blacks forward pack and is now playing for Japanese club Fukuoka Sanix Blues: “I look forward to helping more Japanese visitors see the best of New Zealand. I hope to help airlines consider New Zealand and the South Island as a must-see destination for Japanese travellers.”
Boult says the ambassadors will work closely with the airport’s aeronautical business development team: “Statistics show international visitors spend more time and more money in the South Island, so we plan to work with our ambassadors, airlines and travel companies to make our epic scenery and amazing experiences available to even more travellers.”