Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Chinese New Year Boosts Visitors to February Record

Chinese New Year Boosts Visitors to February Record

More than 15,000 visitors a day on average arrived in New Zealand in February, setting a new record for the month, Stats NZ said today.

Total overseas visitor arrivals numbered 423,500 in February 2018, the highest for any February. This total was up 43,400 from February 2017.

“The strong increase in visitor arrivalsin February 2018 coincided with Chinese New Year, which is a peak travel period,” population insights senior manager Peter Dolan said. Chinese New Year was in mid-February this year, compared with late January in 2017.

February 2018 saw 68,900 visitors arriving from China; this was more than double the 33,700 that arrived in February 2017.

More visitors also arrived from other Asian countries that celebrate Chinese New Year; arrivals were up 2,200 from Hong Kong and 1,400 from Taiwan, compared with February 2017.

Visitor arrivals from Asia increased 50 percent in February 2018 from February 2017 – from 80,400 to 120,700.

The record visitor arrivals for the month also contributed to a record number for the February 2018 year. Visitor arrivals for the year numbered 3.78 million – a 7 percent increase on the February 2017 year.

New Zealanders make more trips overseas

New Zealand residents set a new annual February record of 2.87 million overseas trips in 2018, up 215,700 (8 percent) from the February 2017 year.The number of trips made to most countries increased, the largest increases being:

• Australia – up 37,000 (3 percent)
• Fiji– up 19,000 (12 percent)
• China – up 18,600 (18 percent)
• United Kingdom – up 12,700 (11 percent)
• India – up 7,600 (11 percent).

In the February 2018 month, New Zealand residents made 151,100 trips overseas, up 2 percent from February 2017. “We had as many New Zealanders travelling overseas in February as the combined population of the Tasman, Nelson, and Marlborough regions,” Mr Dolan said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


'Visionary' Leaders: Primary Sector Council Announced

A group of visionary agribusiness leaders is set to help our primary sector capture more value from its work, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor says ... More>>


Land Report: Issues With Soil Degradation

An environmental report released today has found we are damaging and losing our soils and our native plants and animals. More>>


Water Quality Report: Cause For Optimism

National River Water Quality Trends released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) this week, reveal that for all river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period, more sites were improving than deteriorating. More>>


IMF Report On NZ: Positive Economic Outlook

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has welcomed the IMF’s Concluding Statement, released following its annual visit, which provides an independent assessment of the strength of the New Zealand economy. More>>


Retail Power Price: Review Panel Named

The Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has released the details of who will sit on an expert advisory panel which is tasked with leading a review into the price of electricity in New Zealand. More>>


Increasingly Disruptive Threats: Govt Cyber Security Refresh

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran today announced a comprehensive refresh of New Zealand’s approach to cyber security. More>>


Regional Growth: Action Plan To Modernise Taranaki’s Economy

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest up to $20 million to help future-proof the Taranaki region by diversifying its economy, creating additional jobs and leveraging off the strong base the region has established through its oil, gas and agricultural ... More>>