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After a year of flatlining, arrivals numbers are finally about to move
15 Apr 2021  

After a year of flatlining, arrivals numbers are finally about to move

Statisticians will have some different data to crunch as international visitors begin to return.


2020 tourism’s worst year – what does 2021 hold? UNWTO forecasts
1 Apr 2021   /

2020 tourism’s worst year – what does 2021 hold? UNWTO forecasts

The body lays out two scenarios for international arrivals.


The missing 400k – Jan visitor arrivals slump to 5.4k
16 Mar 2021   /

The missing 400k – Jan visitor arrivals slump to 5.4k

There’s been no surge of ex-pat Kiwis returning home due to the pandemic, says Stats NZ.


International visitor arrivals dip under a million in 2020
18 Feb 2021   /

International visitor arrivals dip under a million in 2020

Overseas visitor arrivals for the year to December 2020 fell to 996,350, down 74.4% from the 3.89 million recorded in 2019.


“Strong initial bounce” in arrivals once borders reopen – Westpac
16 Feb 2021  

“Strong initial bounce” in arrivals once borders reopen – Westpac

The bank forecasts a trans-Tasman bubble in the second half of 2021 and wider border openings in early 2022.


Auckland Airport December domestic passengers fall 32%
26 Jan 2021   /

Auckland Airport December domestic passengers fall 32%

Extra capacity sees December domestic travel up 7.5% on November but still down a third on 2019’s pre-Covid Christmas season.


Air NZ extends mask use to international flights
26 Jan 2021  

Air NZ extends mask use to international flights

Air New Zealand is requiring the use of face masks on all international flights to and from New Zealand from today.


Arrivals fall to 1.5 million in November 2020 year
22 Jan 2021   /

Arrivals fall to 1.5 million in November 2020 year

Overseas visitor arrivals fell by 98.6%, or 367,000, to 5,100 in November 2020, compared with the same month a year earlier, says Stats NZ.


November passenger volumes halve – Air NZ
13 Jan 2021  

November passenger volumes halve – Air NZ

Air New Zealand’s total passenger numbers fell to around 690,000 in November 2020, down 50.8% on the same month in 2019.


Visitor arrivals fall by 1.7 million in Sept year – Stats NZ
14 Dec 2020   /

Visitor arrivals fall by 1.7 million in Sept year – Stats NZ

Overseas visitor arrivals were up by 700 to 8,600 in September 2020, compared with August 2020, says Stats NZ.


NZ “toughest market in the world” for airlines – BARNZ
4 Dec 2020   /

NZ “toughest market in the world” for airlines – BARNZ

Executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers says NZ risks being left behind as other countries resume international travel.


October arrivals fall 97% to 8100 – Stats NZ
30 Nov 2020   /

October arrivals fall 97% to 8100 – Stats NZ

Arrivals for the four weeks to 1 November totalled 8100, down from 265,640 for the corresponding period last year.


Only half of $8.4bn outbound spend to go to tourism – TNZ
24 Nov 2020  

Only half of $8.4bn outbound spend to go to tourism – TNZ

That will leave a $12.9bn revenue hole for the sector due to the lack of international tourists, says Tourism New Zealand.


Annual arrivals to September continue grim trend
13 Nov 2020   /

Annual arrivals to September continue grim trend

September overseas visitor arrivals were down 96.7% compared with the same month in 2019, according to Stats NZ’s latest international travel figures.


Fancy being TNZ’s CEO? Here are the requirements
4 Nov 2020   /

Fancy being TNZ’s CEO? Here are the requirements

Tourism New Zealand lays out the necessary skills in a request for headhunting services.


Will Kiwis happily welcome back international tourists?
2 Nov 2020  

Will Kiwis happily welcome back international tourists?

There are lessons to be learnt from how Aucklanders were treated when they started travelling again.


Annual arrivals slump 39% to 2.4 million
13 Oct 2020   /

Annual arrivals slump 39% to 2.4 million

Overseas visitor arrivals were down 96.8% to 7800 in August 2020, compared with August 2019.


Annual visitor numbers fall 31% – Stats NZ
15 Sep 2020   /

Annual visitor numbers fall 31% – Stats NZ

Overseas visitor arrivals were down 95% from 251,800 to 3800 in July 2020, compared with July 2019.


Airline bookings freeze sees arrivals fall but recover in August
9 Sep 2020   /

Airline bookings freeze sees arrivals fall but recover in August

Travel restrictions imposed by the Government on passenger arrivals Into New Zealand show a dip in passenger numbers in July followed by a small rise in August.


Domestic passengers revive in July – Air NZ
9 Sep 2020   /

Domestic passengers revive in July – Air NZ

Air New Zealand carried 714,000 passengers during July 2020, down 56% on the same month last year.


TECNZ pushes out full tourism recovery
8 Sep 2020   /

TECNZ pushes out full tourism recovery

The May 2024 recovery dates are later than the inbound tour operator association’s previous forecasts of March 2024.


July border arrivals jump 55% on June
3 Sep 2020   /

July border arrivals jump 55% on June

There were 9,147 total arrivals through New Zealand borders in July 2020.


Queenstown Lakes slashes 2021 visitor number projections
26 Aug 2020   /

Queenstown Lakes slashes 2021 visitor number projections

However, the impact of the pandemic on visitor numbers would give way to more standard levels of growth by 2031.


June quarter arrivals data reveal effect of border closure
13 Aug 2020   /

June quarter arrivals data reveal effect of border closure

The total number of border crossings in the June 2020 quarter was 78,400 compared with 3.14 million for the same period in 2019.


Air NZ passenger numbers jump with move to alert level 1
30 Jul 2020   /

Air NZ passenger numbers jump with move to alert level 1

The number of passengers on Air New Zealand flights in June dropped 74% from the same a month a year ago to 430,000.


INZ: No way for visitors to come to NZ for just a holiday
16 Jul 2020   /

INZ: No way for visitors to come to NZ for just a holiday

People planning to come to New Zealand for a holiday will have their application to visit rejected, says Immigration New Zealand.


Dozens of foreign visitors come for NZ holiday despite closed border
15 Jul 2020   /

Dozens of foreign visitors come for NZ holiday despite closed border

More than 50 international visitors say they came for a vacation in May.


Air NZ freezes bookings to help Govt cope with rapid rise in returnees
7 Jul 2020   /

Air NZ freezes bookings to help Govt cope with rapid rise in returnees

The airline was also looking at aligning daily arrivals with the capacity available at managed isolation facilities.


June arrivals double on May as Kiwis flock home
2 Jul 2020   /

June arrivals double on May as Kiwis flock home

June arrivals have more than doubled on May as the number of returning Kiwis grows, according to provisional figures from Stats NZ.


New Zealand scores FIFA World Cup win
26 Jun 2020   /

New Zealand scores FIFA World Cup win

Soccer fans from around the world will be heading to NZ, which will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


June arrivals outstrip May as Kiwis return
25 Jun 2020   /

June arrivals outstrip May as Kiwis return

There were 2406 arrivals in New Zealand for the seven days to Tuesday 23 June, according to provisional figures from Stats NZ.


Tighter Covid testing regime for aircrew, border workers
24 Jun 2020   /

Tighter Covid testing regime for aircrew, border workers

A new Covid-19 testing regime has been launched by the Government as more Kiwis return from overseas.


Rough recession for tourism-reliant regions – Westpac
19 Jun 2020   /

Rough recession for tourism-reliant regions – Westpac

Otago’s high exposure to tourism means it is facing the “biggest economic struggle” of the post-lockdown recession.


Level 2 move boosts Auckland Airport passenger numbers
18 Jun 2020   /

Level 2 move boosts Auckland Airport passenger numbers

The shift to Covid-19 alert level 2 in May helped drive Auckland Airport domestic passenger movements that month to almost double that recorded in April.


April arrival figures nosedive – Stats NZ
16 Jun 2020   /

April arrival figures nosedive – Stats NZ

The number of people crossing NZ’s border fell to levels last seen in the late 1960s.


TECNZ maps return to pre-Covid arrivals
15 Jun 2020   /

TECNZ maps return to pre-Covid arrivals

NZ might not see a return to pre-Covid visitor numbers until the end of March 2024, says the association.


Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report
3 Jun 2020   /

Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report

Stats NZ is preparing to launch the regular research series into the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Value of top govt tourism data contracts revealed
22 May 2020   /

Value of top govt tourism data contracts revealed

Fresh Info and Kantar both won tenders for government data contracts in the last year.


Auckland Airport passengers plummet 98% in April
22 May 2020   /

Auckland Airport passengers plummet 98% in April

Auckland Airport total passenger volumes in April showed a 97.5% drop, as Covid-19 saw air travel fall dramatically.


Departures from NZ hit record low with zero leaving
21 May 2020   /

Departures from NZ hit record low with zero leaving

There were no departures from New Zealand and only six arrivals on Tuesday 19 May, according to the latest provisional travel data from Stats NZ.


March international arrivals drop record 54%
15 May 2020   /

March international arrivals drop record 54%

March 2020 saw the largest-ever drop in monthly visitor arrival numbers, ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown, according to Stats NZ.


Westpac revises down tourism recovery
6 May 2020   /

Westpac revises down tourism recovery

Arrivals are likely to stay low post-pandemic because of weakness in source markets and Covid fear, says the bank.


Auckland Airport daily arrivals drop from 12k to 40 in a month
6 May 2020   /

Auckland Airport daily arrivals drop from 12k to 40 in a month

Daily passenger arrivals at Auckland Airport fell from more than 12,000 to 40 in just a month, according to Biosecurity NZ.


Govt charters Air NZ “at huge expense” to get stranded Kiwis in India
24 Apr 2020   /

Govt charters Air NZ “at huge expense” to get stranded Kiwis in India

Three Air New Zealand flights will bring New Zealanders home from India over the next week, minister of foreign affairs, Winston Peters, has announced.


Overseas agents target Oct/Nov NZ return – TECNZ
22 Apr 2020  

Overseas agents target Oct/Nov NZ return – TECNZ

The “million dollar question” is whether the world waits for a vaccine before reopening borders, says the association.


Queenstown Airport passengers fall more than a third in March
22 Apr 2020   /

Queenstown Airport passengers fall more than a third in March

The number of passengers travelling through Queenstown Airport’s terminal decreased by 36.6% to 134,960 compared with March 2019.


Visitor decline begins to bite in Feb – Stats NZ
15 Apr 2020   /

Visitor decline begins to bite in Feb – Stats NZ

Total visitor arrivals fell steeply in February 2020, down 11% to 372,700.


Police use tech to step-up returning Kiwis’ self-isolation
3 Apr 2020   /

Police use tech to step-up returning Kiwis’ self-isolation

New Zealanders self-isolating on their return from overseas have been asked to consent to being contacted by text message, for the purposes of compliance checks.


Stats NZ: More than 200k foreign visitors still in NZ
26 Mar 2020   /

Stats NZ: More than 200k foreign visitors still in NZ

Around a quarter-of-a-million are visiting – many of them overseas-based Kiwis – as a state of emergency is declared.


India arrivals main highlight in otherwise grim Feb
19 Mar 2020   /

India arrivals main highlight in otherwise grim Feb

Half of New Zealand’s major source markets saw declines in February with only India reporting any growth of note, according to the latest provisional arrivals data.