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Record Arrivals and Departures

External Migration: December 2000 year

Record Arrivals and Departures

There was a record 3.122 million passenger arrivals and 3.137 million departures, in the December 2000 year, latest Statistics New Zealand figures show. These totals represent increases of 9 and 10 per cent respectively, when compared with the December 1999 year. Visitor arrivals totalled 1.789 million, up a record 181,600 or 11 per cent over the December 1999 year. Short-term departures by New Zealand residents also reached an all-time high, of 1.283 million, in the December 2000 year. This represents an increase of 98,500 or 8 per cent over the 1999 total.

Ten source countries contributed just over three-quarters of all visitor arrivals (1.382 million) in the December 2000 year. The largest contributor was Australia (573,900), followed by the United Kingdom (200,200), the United States (195,800) and Japan (151,400). Over one-half of all visitors (929,200) came to New Zealand for a holiday, while a further 476,400 came to visit friends and relatives, and 200,600 came for business. Conferences, and education/medical purposes each contributed more than 30,000 visitors.

For the December 2000 year there was a net outflow of 11,300 permanent and long-term migrants. This resulted from 62,990 permanent and long-term arrivals, up 3,250 or 5 per cent on the previous year, and 74,310 departures, up 5,540 or 8 per cent.

Dianne Macaskill DEPUTY GOVERNMENT STATISTICIAN END

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