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Visitor Arrivals Up 17 Per Cent

External Migration: January 2001

Visitor Arrivals Up 17 Per Cent

In January 2001, there were 197,760 overseas visitors, an increase of 28,360 or 17 per cent on January 2000, according to latest figures from Statistics New Zealand. There were more visitors from Asia (up 12,060), Europe (up 7,750) and Australia (up 6,730), but fewer from the Americas (down 2,020).

Seasonally adjusted visitor arrivals increased by less than 1 per cent between December 2000 and January 2001. This compares with an increase of 4 per cent between November and December 2000.

Visitor arrivals for the January 2001 year totalled 1.817 million, the first time that the 1.8 million level has been reached. This was an increase of 198,000 or 12 per cent on the previous year. There were more visitors from Australia (up 53,370 or 10 percent), the United Kingdom (up 38,960 or 23 percent), Korea (up 20,100 or 42 percent), China (up 13,000 or 54 percent), and the United States (up 10,200 or 6 percent) when compared with the January 2000 year.

In January 2001, permanent and long-term departures exceeded arrivals by 1,900, compared with a net outflow of 1,440 for the previous January. Although there were 1,070 more arrivals in January 2001 than in January 2000, there were 1,530 more departures.

During the year ended January 2001, there were 64,060 permanent and long-term arrivals, and 75,840 departures, resulting in a net outflow of 11,780 for the year. There was a net loss to Australia of 28,750 in the year ended January 2001, up 17 per cent on the previous year. There were also net outflows to the United Kingdom and the United States, but net inflows from China, India, South Africa, Japan, Fiji and Samoa.

Dianne Macaskill DEPUTY GOVERNMENT STATISTICIAN END

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