New Zealand Sees Spike in International Visitor Arrivals
Tourism New Zealand has recorded a 4.9 per cent increase in international visitor arrivals for the year ending September 2014, pushing total annual arrivals to more than 2.8 million for the first time ever, according to figures from Statistics New Zealand.
Australia has maintained year-on-year growth with holiday arrivals up 4 per cent for the year ending September.
Chinese arrivals are up 2.7 per cent for the year ending September while total stay days have increased by 31 per cent for the same period. During the January to August 2014 period there has been a 3.5 per cent decrease in Chinese shopping tour arrivals and a 61.3 per cent increase in Chinese independent holiday visitors. The results are 12 months on from the introduction of the China Travel Law, which made the sale of below cost tours illegal in China.