Traditionally a quieter time for tourism in New Zealand, August proved to be an impressive month for both tourism and migration. Visitor arrivals were up 5.8% year-on-year, boosted by an 11.9% growth in visitors from China, while the US and UK both decreased by 14.5% and 1% respectively. 234,000 visitors arrived in New Zealand, a new August record, almost half of which were people coming to New Zealand from Australia.
Visitor arrivals numbered 3.7 million in the August 2017 year, a new annual record, up 9 percent from the August 2016 year. The increase was mostly due to the 86,500 (6 percent) increase in visitor arrivals from Australia, and 55,200 (21 percent) increase from the United States.
New Zealand residents departed on record number of overseas trips
Kiwis departed on 252,100 trips overseas in Aug-2017, up 7.4% year-on-year. Overseas trips to Australia, Fiji, and the United Kingdom saw the biggest changes, with two in five trips overseas to Australia.
New Zealand residents took a record 2.8 million overseas trips in the year to Aug-2017, up 11% year-on-year. Of all resident departures, 43% were for holidays and 37% were for visiting friends and relatives.
The CAPA-ACTE 2017 New Zealand Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, scheduled for 17-18 October, at the Grand Mercure Auckland, will include variety of thought provoking discussions and keynote speeches. To find out more or register click here.