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Visitor numbers boosted by Asia-Pacific region

Visitor numbers boosted by Asia-Pacific region – Media release

21 September 2018

Visitor numbers for August 2018 were up 5.4 percent from August 2017, Stats NZ said today.

There were 246,700 visitor arrivals in August 2018, 12,700 more than for August 2017. The biggest changes were:
• Australia up 3,100 to 114,400
• China up 2,300 to 31,500
• Malaysia up 1,200 to 5,600.

Visitor arrivals increased across every region in August 2018. Arrivals from the Asia region increased the most, up 5,100 (or 7.6 percent) from August 2017. Changes in other regions were:

• Oceania (Australia and the Pacific) up 5,000 (4.1 percent)
• Americas up 1,700 (9.7 percent)
• Europe up 600 (2.8 percent)
• Africa and the Middle East up 200 (6.7 percent).

For the year ended August 2018, visitor arrivals were up 133,100 (3.6 percent) to 3.8 million.

Travel at a glance

The two maps use travel data to show the top source countries for visitor arrivals to New Zealand and top destinations for New Zealand-resident travellers. They illustrate the key travel interactions between New Zealand and the rest of the world.

Table 3 of International travel and migration: August 2018 (Excel) has the figures for the map Top 30 source countries of overseas visitors to New Zealand.

Visitors arrive in New Zealand from all over the globe, but more come from Australia than anywhere else. Australia accounted for 39 percent of all visitor arrivals in the August 2018 year.

Table 5 of International travel and migration: August 2018 (Excel) has the figures for the map Top 30 destination countries for New Zealand-resident travellers.

Although Australia dominates as a destination for Kiwi travellers, our Pacific neighbours are also popular travel destinations.

Tourism and migration visualiser shows a more detailed breakdown of arrivals and departures, and migration information. Use this tool to analyse travel data for any country.


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