International visitor arrivals commentary

A record breaking 3.7 million international visitors came to New Zealand in the October 2017 year. This was up 270,500 (or eight per cent) from year ending October 2016. Holiday arrivals increased 152,200 (or nine per cent) to 1.92 million, which is the main contributor.

Visitor arrivals numbered 270,500 in the month of October 2017, up four per cent from the month of October 2016.

The biggest changes in visitor arrivals by country of residence between year ending October 2016 and 2017 were from:

  • Australia (up 73,300 to 1.46 million),
  • the United States (up 45,500 to 320,500), and
  • the United Kingdom (up 29,300 to 246,000).

Visitor arrivals from China were up one per cent October 2017 year.

Holiday-makers and visits to friends and relatives accounted for 81 per cent (2.98 million) of the visitor arrivals in year ending October 2017.

New Zealand residents departed on a record 2.83 million overseas trips in the year ending October 2017. This was up 271,800 (11 per cent) from year ending October 2016.

More details can be seen in International visitor arrivals key data table October 2017 and International travel and migration statistics on the Statistics website.

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