International visitor arrivals commentary

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand set a new record to 3.54 million in year ending February 2017. This was up 341,400 from year ending February 2016, with an 11 percent increase. Holiday arrivals increased 227,600 (or 14 percent) to 1.84 million, which is the main contributor.

Visitor arrivals numbered 380,000 in the month of February 2017. The latest month’s figure was up two percent from the month of February 2016.

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

  • Australia (up 70,800 to 1.42 million)
  • China (up 34,600 to 402,800)
  • the United States (up 59,200 to 307,100).

Holiday-makers and visits to friends and relatives accounted for 81 percent (2.87 million) of the visitor arrivals in year ending February 2017.

New Zealand residents departed on a record 2.66 million overseas trips year ending February 2017. This was up 231,600 (10 percent) from year ending February 2016.

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