New Zealand tourism gets a record boost with Lions rugby fans

Published on : Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lions rugby fansCheering British and Irish Lions fans brought a surge of overseas visitors in New Zealand last month, with migration reaching a record high.

 
It was the second highest month for visitors from the two countries in New Zealand’s history. This increase pushed total overseas visitor arrivals in June 2017 to 230,100, up by 17 per cent, or an extra 33,900 compared to June 2016. It came as a record 131,400 migrants arrived in New Zealand in the past year, while 59,100 left the country.

 
Net migration had been steadily increasing since 2012 and was consistently hitting record levels in the past three years. The major increases came from the UK with 2600 more migrants arriving than leaving and South Africa with 1800 more arrivals.

 
The largest drop came from India where 7400 migrants arrived in the past year compared with 12,100 a year earlier.

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