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New High for February Visitor Arrivals

There were 212,200 short-term overseas visitor arrivals in New Zealand in February 2002, up 12,400 or 6 percent on February 2001, according to Statistics New Zealand. This was the first February month with more than 200,000 short-term visitor arrivals. There were more visitors from China (up 4,500), the United Kingdom (up 3,000), Hong Kong (up 2,200) and Korea (up 1,500), but fewer from Germany (down 1,600).

In the year ended February 2002, there were 1.929 million visitor arrivals, up 105,000 or 6 percent on the previous February year. Australia (up 44,800), Korea (up 21,800), China (up 20,300) and the United Kingdom (up 9,000) were the major contributors to this increase.

Seasonally adjusted visitor arrivals fell by 5 percent between January and February 2002. This follows a 6 percent increase from December 2001 to January 2002.

Fewer New Zealanders are undertaking an overseas trip. Compared with the same month of the previous year, February was the fifth consecutive month in which resident departures fell. New Zealand residents departed on 62,500 short-term overseas trips in February 2002. This was 5,800 or 8 percent fewer than in February 2001. Departures to Australia accounted for the majority of this decrease, with departures falling by 4,300 or 11 percent. In the year ended February 2002, New Zealand resident short-term departures numbered 1.277 million, down 18,000 or 1 percent on the year ended February 2001.

In the month of February 2002, permanent and long-term (PLT) arrivals exceeded departures by 4,200, compared with a net outflow of 1,500 in February 2001. This change was the result of 1,900 more arrivals and 3,800 fewer departures.

In the year ended February 2002, PLT arrivals reached a new high of 86,300, up 20,800 on last year. Conversely, there were 14,400 fewer PLT departures. The overall result was a net inflow of 22,000 PLT migrants in 2002, compared with a net outflow of 13,200 migrants in the previous year. There was a net outflow to Australia of 17,300 in the year ended February 2002, compared with a net outflow of 31,500 the previous year. Conversely, there were net inflows from China (11,900), India (4,800), South Africa (3,000), the United Kingdom (2,900), Fiji (2,400) and Japan (2,300) in the year ended February 2002.

New Zealand citizen PLT arrivals were up by 3,000 (to 24,100) and non-New Zealand citizen PLT arrivals were up by 17,800 (to 62,200) in the February 2002 year, compared with the February 2001 year. There were also PLT departures of 49,300 New Zealand citizens and 15,000 non-New Zealand citizens, resulting in a net PLT outflow of 25,200 New Zealand citizens and a net PLT inflow of 47,200 non-New Zealand citizens.

Brian Pink Government Statistician

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