Record month for New Zealand tourism thanks to Chinese New Year holiday

Published on : Friday, February 26, 2016

New Zealand in shoulder seasonA record number of tourists arrived in New Zealand last month, thanks to the Chinese New Year holiday, the government statistics agency said Thursday.

According to Statistics New Zealand, monthly visitor arrivals numbered 343,400 in January, up 14 percent from January last year.

In January 2016 year, visitor arrivals reached a record 3.17 million, up 11 percent from the previous year, with Australia contributing 518,900 holidaymakers, China 285,300 and the United States 153,800.

“Visitor arrivals from China picked up towards the end of January, in the lead-up to the Chinese New Year, which occurred in early February this year,” NAM News Network quoted population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner saying in a statement.


“The timing of this popular travel period led to a 59-percent increase in arrivals from China compared with January 2015,” Skinner said.

Kevin Bowler, chief executive of the government’s Tourism New Zealand agency attributed the rise in numbers to New Zealand’s lower dollar.

“Certainly New Zealand’s lower dollar is playing its part and globally, international economies are a long way from the situation we faced during the global financial crisis,” Bowler said in a statement.

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