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Visitor Arrivals Up 11 Percent

21 April 2005

Visitor Arrivals Up 11 Percent

There were 234,100 short-term overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand in March 2005, an increase of 22,400 (11 percent) on March 2004, Statistics New Zealand said today. In March 2005, there were more visitors from Australia (up 10,200 or 14 percent), the United Kingdom (up 6,100 or 21 percent) and Hong Kong (up 1,000 or 52 percent) than in March 2004.

There were fewer visitors from Japan (down 1,900 or 11 percent) and China (down 1,400 or 22 percent). The number of stay days for all visitor arrivals in March 2005 was up 3 percent on March 2004, from 3.82 million to 3.96 million days. The average length of stay was 17 days in March 2005, compared with 18 days in the previous March. In the year ended March 2005, there were 2.388 million visitor arrivals, up 224,200 (10 percent) on the March 2004 year.

There were more visitors from Australia (up 131,900), China (up 19,800), the United Kingdom (up 17,200), Japan (up 13,100), and the United States (up 10,500), compared with the year ended March 2004. Seasonally adjusted monthly visitor arrivals were up 5 percent in March 2005, following a rise of less than 1 percent in February 2005. New Zealand residents departed on 135,200 short-term overseas trips in March 2005, an increase of 21,600 (19 percent) on March 2004. There were more trips to Australia (up 10,500 or 16 percent), Fiji (up 1,200 or 26 percent) and the United States (up 1,100 or 24 percent).

In the year ended March 2005, New Zealand resident short-term departures numbered 1.781 million, up 24 percent on the 1.434 million recorded in the year ended March 2004. Permanent and long-term (PLT) departures exceeded arrivals by 1,400 in March 2005, compared with an excess of 300 in March 2004. The last time that monthly net PLT losses were at this level was in early 2001.

The seasonally adjusted series recorded a net PLT inflow of 300 in March 2005, down from an inflow of 500 a month earlier. In the year ended March 2005, there was a net PLT migration gain of 10,000, down 64 percent from the net inflow of 28,000 people recorded in the previous March year. This resulted from 78,100 PLT arrivals (down 9,400), and 68,100 PLT departures (up 8,600) in the March 2005 year.

In the year ended March 2005, there was a net PLT inflow of 8,900 from the United Kingdom, down 14 percent on the March 2004 year figure of 10,300. There was an increased net inflow from Fiji (2,000) and reduced net inflows from India (2,200), Japan (1,900) and China (1,500). Overall, net PLT inflow from Asia has reduced, from 17,700 in the March 2004 year to 7,500 in the latest March year. There was a net outflow to Australia of 17,200 in the March 2005 year, compared with 11,000 in the previous March year.


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