2016 saw a record in NZ tourism and immigration!

Published on : Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NZ tourism2016 witnessed record number of tourists and immigrants in New Zealand. Majority of them were on work and travel visas, number which was never seen before. In December 2016, annual net migration reached 70,600. Highest number of migrants came from China, UK, India and the Philippines. Migrant percentage rose to 127,300 in last year which was a record too. On the other hand, migrant departure slashed down 0.5 percent to 56,700.

Tourists, people coming to visit family and friends, people visiting for travel purposes and other short-term arrivals reached 3.5 million in Dec. 31 last year which is up 12 percent from the year earlier. To quote Satish Ranchhod, senior economist at Westpac, “The past year has seen a marked lift in arrivals from the UK (up nearly 2000 people on last year’s levels) and China.


The increase in arrivals is mainly due to more people coming on work or residency visa, which has offset a decline in the number of international students. Second, the level of departures of NZ citizens is currently at very low levels, while the number of New Zealanders returning from offshore has risen steadily.


These trends are expected to continue to some time, with NZ’s positive economic story, including its labor market, making it a very attractive destination. We expect net migration inflows to remain strong for some time.’’


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