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Visitor arrivals soar to new November record

Visitor arrivals soar to new November record – Media release

20 December 2013

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 251,100 in November 2013, a new November record, Statistics New Zealand said today. The number of arrivals rose 8 percent from November 2012, with holidaymakers accounting for most of the increase.

"New Zealand welcomed 15,200 more holidaymakers compared with the same time last year," population statistics project manager Susan Hollows said. "These extra visitors came mostly from Australia, the United States, and Germany."

In the November 2013 year, visitor arrivals rose 5 percent from the previous year to reach 2.700 million. More visitors came from Australia (up 52,700), China (up 36,400), and the United States (up 19,000).

New Zealand residents departed on 171,300 overseas trips in November 2013, down 1 percent from November 2012. Over the year, New Zealand residents took 2.189 million trips, up 1 percent from the previous year. The most common destinations were Australia (1.005 million), the United States (140,800), Fiji (110,100), and the United Kingdom (96,300).

Net gain of 2,800 migrants

New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 2,800 migrants in November 2013. This was down slightly from the previous month (3,000 in October 2013) but well up from the net loss of 100 in December 2012. Net gain has increased in recent months due to fewer people departing to live in Australia, as well as more arriving migrants.

The seasonally adjusted net loss of 1,000 migrants to Australia in November 2013 was just up from the previous month (900). Apart from small increases in the last two months, the net loss to Australia has fallen steadily since December 2012 (3,300).

In the November 2013 year, migrant arrivals numbered 93,000, the highest since the November 2003 year (93,400). New Zealand had a net gain of 19,500 migrants, compared with a net loss of 1,600 in the previous year.

In the latest year, New Zealand's net loss to Australia dropped to 22,100 migrants, compared with 38,800 a year earlier. Net gains were recorded from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom (5,900), China (5,600), and India (5,300).

Visit International Travel and Migration: November 2013




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