7 Apr 2011

Tonga seeks world's maddest rugby fan

6:54 pm on 7 April 2011

Tonga is searching for the world's maddest rugby fan and he or she could win a free holiday, including airfares from the other side of the world.

It's a tourism campaign coinciding with the rugby World Cup in New Zealand in September and October and fans need to submit a video depicting their keenness for the sport with the maddest film winning.

The chief executive of the tourism ministry, Sakopo Lolohea, says they want people to think about visiting Tonga between games.

"You can take a trip to Tonga for a package, say three to five days in Tonga and then return back to New Zealand to the next game. So that's the whole purpose to increase our profile in the rugby fraternity, secondly, it's trying to tap on to these fans to come to Tonga for a side trip during the World Cup."

The chief executive of Tonga's ministry of tourism, Sakopo Lolohea.