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More Overseas Visitors And Longer Stays

21 August 2002

More Overseas Visitors And Longer Stays

There were 152,200 short-term overseas visitor arrivals in New Zealand in July 2002, up 7,800 (or 5 percent) on July 2001, according to Statistics New Zealand. More visitors came from Australia (up 4,500 or 9 percent), China (up 1,200 or 25 percent), Japan (up 800 or 7 percent), Korea (up 600 or 6 percent) and Taiwan (up 600 or 13 percent), but fewer came from Singapore (down 400 or 22 percent). The number of stay days for all visitor arrivals was up 12 percent on the previous July, from 3.2 million to 3.5 million days, while the average length of stay increased from 22 to 23 days.

In the year ended July 2002, there were 1.963 million visitor arrivals, up 65,000 (or 3 percent) on the previous July year. China (up 21,300), Korea (up 20,900), the United Kingdom (up 17,400), and Australia (up 11,300) were the main contributors to the increase.

Seasonally adjusted visitor arrivals rose 2 percent between June and July 2002. This follows a 1 percent decline from May to June 2002.

New Zealand residents departed on 116,900 short-term overseas trips in July 2002, down 4,000 (or 3 percent) on July 2001. Australia (down 3,400) was the major contributor to this change. There were also fewer departures to Samoa, New Caledonia, Singapore and the United States, but more departures to the Cook Islands.

In the year ended July 2002, New Zealand resident short-term departures numbered 1.263 million, about 33,000 (or 3 percent) fewer than in the previous July year.

Permanent and long-term (PLT) arrivals exceeded departures by 3,500 in the month of July 2002, compared with a net inflow of 1,700 in July 2001. This change was the result of 1,300 more arrivals, and 500 fewer departures.

In the year ended July 2002, there were 93,900 PLT arrivals, up 22,800 on the last July year. In contrast, there were 18,600 fewer PLT departures (59,300). The overall result was a net inflow of 34,600 PLT migrants in 2002, compared with a net outflow of 6,800 migrants in the previous year.

The main contributors to this turnaround in net migration were non-New Zealand citizen arrivals (up 19,300) and New Zealand citizen departures (down 18,200). There were significant net inflows from China (14,200), India (6,100), the United Kingdom (5,300), South Africa (3,200), Japan and Fiji (both 2,300) in the July 2002 year. Conversely, there was a net outflow to Australia of 13,400, less than half the net outflow of 30,000 in the July 2001 year.

Brian Pink Government Statistician END

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