New Zealand enjoys record off-peak tourism thanks to surge in Chinese tourists

Published on : Friday, May 20, 2016

number of visitors to New ZealandThe number of visitors to New Zealand reached a new high last month, thanks to a surge in tourists from China, the government statistics agency said Friday.

 
According to Statistics New Zealand, visitor arrivals numbered 256,700 in April to set a new April record.

 
The number was up 8 percent year on year, with a 40-percent increase in visitor arrivals from China to 43,400.

 
An increase in visitor arrivals from Guangdong, Shanghai, Beijing and Zhejiang contributed to the rise in visitor arrivals from China. Together these regions accounted for over half of the increase of Chinese arrivals.

 
“More visitors arriving from China more than offset a 4-percent fall in visitors from Australia, and helped set a new April record,” population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner said in a statement.

 
In the year to the end of April, visitor arrivals hit a record 3.27 million, up 11 percent year on year.

 

Annual visitor arrivals broke the 3 million mark in the year ended July 2015, and had been rising steadily since.

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