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Visitor Arrivals Up 2 Percent

Visitor Arrivals Up 2 Percent

There were 135,700 short-term overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand in May 2005, an increase of 3,000 (2 percent) on May 2004, Statistics New Zealand said today.

In May 2005, there were more visitors from Australia (up 2,500 or 5 percent) and the United States (up 1,100 or 9 percent), compared with May 2004. There were fewer visitors from Japan (down 1,500 or 13 percent) and China (down 600 or 10 percent).

Seasonally adjusted monthly visitor arrivals were up 4 percent in May 2005, following a fall of 7 percent in April 2005. In the year ended May 2005, there were 2.381 million visitor arrivals, up 153,700 (7 percent) on the May 2004 year. Australia (up 99,700) provided almost 65 percent of the annual increase in visitor numbers. There were also more visitors from the United Kingdom (up 14,000) and China (up 12,600), compared with the year ended May 2004.

New Zealand residents departed on 146,700 short-term overseas trips in May 2005, an increase of 9,800 (7 percent) on May 2004. There were more trips to Australia (up 5,600 or 9 percent) and the United States (up 2,600 or 37 percent). There were fewer trips to Fiji (down 900 or 10 percent). In the year ended May 2005, New Zealand resident short-term departures numbered 1.806 million, up 20 percent on the 1.501 million recorded in the year ended May 2004.

Permanent and long-term (PLT) departures exceeded arrivals by 1,100 in May 2005, compared with an excess of 600 departures in May 2004. The higher excess of departures in May 2005 resulted from 800 more PLT departures, partly offset by 300 more PLT arrivals.

The seasonally adjusted series recorded a net PLT inflow of 800 in May 2005, up from an inflow of 500 a month earlier.

In the year ended May 2005, there was a net PLT migration gain of 8,800, down 63 percent from the net inflow of 24,000 people recorded in the previous May year. This resulted from 78,800 PLT arrivals (down 6,400), and 70,000 PLT departures (up 8,800) in the May 2005 year. In the year ended May 2005, there was a net PLT inflow of 9,300 from the United Kingdom, down 4 percent on the May 2004 year figure (9,700).

There were also reduced net inflows from India (2,100), Japan (1,800) and China (1,300). Overall, net PLT inflow from Asia has reduced, from 15,400 in the May 2004 year to 7,000 in the latest May year. In contrast, there was an increased net inflow from Fiji (2,100).

There was a net outflow to Australia of 18,800 in the May 2005 year, compared with 11,900 in the previous May year.

Ian Ewing
Acting Government Statistician

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