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Visitor Arrivals Up 18 Per Cent

External Migration: December 2000

There were a record 243,020 visitor arrivals in December 2000, an increase of 37,630 or 18 per cent on December 1999, latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show. The previous high was 208,460, recorded in December 1996. For the latest period the largest increases in visitor numbers were from the United Kingdom (up 13,320), Australia (up 7,090) and Asia (up 8,780).

For the December 2000 year there were 1.789 million visitors, 182,000 or 11 per cent higher than the previous year. Visitors from Australia, Europe and Asia each accounted for over one-quarter of the increase. Three-fifths of the increase in visitors from Europe was from the United Kingdom, which is now the second largest source of visitor arrivals after Australia. Korea (up 54 percent to 66,580) and China (up 44 percent to 35,500) were the main contributors to the increase in visitors from Asia.

Short-term departures by New Zealand residents in December 2000 totalled 123,990, up 25,190 or 25 per cent on December 1999. Over half of these departures were to Australia and one-fifth to Asian countries.

Permanent and long-term departures exceeded arrivals by 1,440 in December 2000. This compares with a net gain of 240 for the month of December 1999. In the year ended December 2000, there were 62,990 permanent and long-term arrivals and 74,310 departures. This resulted in a net outflow of 11,310, over 2,000 more than the 1999 net outflow of 9,030. There were net losses to Australia (27,670), the United Kingdom (1,500) and the United States (940), but net gains from China (5,250), South Africa (2,150), India (2,240) and Japan (1,860).


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