New Zealand: Record high visitor numbers in 2015, thanks to Chinese travellers

Published on : Monday, February 1, 2016

Chinese travellersOverseas visitor numbers in New Zealand showed a record high increase in 2015, thanks to surge in Chinese travellers, the government statistics agency said on Monday.

Visitor arrivals hit 4,44,900 in December, the highest-ever monthly figure, with the biggest increase from China, up 11,000, or 43 percent, from December 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Visitor arrivals reached a record 3.13 million for the entire year, up 10 percent from 2014.
“The previous record of 4,02,500, set in December 2014, was easily surpassed this month,” population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner said in a statement. “This was mainly driven by a 17-percent increase in arrivals of holidaymakers.”

With total arrivals estimated to be up 34.4 percent and holiday arrival up 39.7 percent for the year, incredible growth of Chinese travelers is expected to continue.

“As we head towards the Chinese New Year period, a key travel period for Chinese travelers in late January and early February, we are expecting to see this growth continue,” said Chief executive of the government’s Tourism New Zealand agency, Kevin Bowler.

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