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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.
In a flashback to life before the Covid-19 coronavirus, Stats NZ has released January visitor numbers that show the earlier timing of Chinese New Year boosted the number of arrivals from China at the beginning of the year.
The coronavirus effect has shown up in latest figures from Stats NZ with a dramatic slump in Chinese arrivals from 20,000 in the last week of January to just 560 in the week ended February 23.
Arrivals from China dropped to 760 in the week ending 16 February, down 92.9% on the same corresponding week in 2019.
Arrivals from China plummeted to just 1430 in the week following the Govt’s travel ban.
Growth from Australia and the United States more than offset the falling Chinese market in 2019, according to Stats NZ.
It was the first time arrivals to New Zealand had passed the 7 million mark, said Biosecurity New Zealand.
The territories provide a potential focus for NZ tourism as it grapples with coronavirus.
Auckland International Airport passenger volumes eased by 1.5% to 1,779,262 in November 2019
Nine out of ten of NZ’s major source markets reported a fall in month-on-month visitor arrivals.
International visitor arrivals fell 3% to 476,350 in the four weeks to 29 December 2019, compared to the same period a year earlier.
International tourism growth slowed to 4% in 2019 – its slowest rate since 2016 – on the back of a cooling global economy, geopolitical tensions and Brexit uncertainty according to the World Tourism Organisation.
Total passenger volumes at Auckland Airport dropped by 1.1% in October. A highlight for the airport was growth in Taiwanese visitor arrivals increasing by 77.4% driven by the new direct service between Auckland-Taipei from Air New Zealand.
Growth has been dragged down by the downturn in visitors from Asia, says Stats NZ.
Keeping New Zealand top of mind amongst travellers considering a holiday remains one of Tourism New Zealand’s main challenges, industry heard yesterday at Tourism NZ’s Auckland roadshow.
Visitor arrival numbers to New Zealand for the four weeks to October 27 grew by 0.6% to 254,930 compared to the corresponding period last year, according to provisional travel data from Stats NZ.
International visitor arrivals increased to 261,770 in September 2019, up 1.4% on the same month last year, according to the latest travel figures from Stats NZ.
South Korea has been added to the list of eligible visitor countries able to take advantage of eGate access when arriving into the country.
The tourism industry is set to have a mixed performance in visitor arrivals this summer season, according to Tourism Export Council New Zealand.
Airlines adjusting their strategies to focus on yield over capacity is slowing growth, says Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood.
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Passengers entering Queenstown Airport from overseas increased to 39,200 in August, up 7,100 (22%) on the same month last year.
Visitor arrival numbers to New Zealand for the four weeks to September 1 grew by 2% compared to the corresponding period last year, according to provisional travel data from Stats NZ.
A strong silver dollar economy contrasted with a weakening youth market in the latest Quarterly Tourism Report, with growth in international visitor arrivals skewed towards older age brackets in the year to June 2019.
Japan has been added to the list of visitor countries eligible to use eGate access when arriving in New Zealand.
International visitor arrival numbers grew to 255,585 in July, up 2% on the same month last year, according to the latest travel figures from Stats NZ.
Chinese and Asian visitor growth to New Zealand look set for further falls this year, says ASB Bank.
Indian holiday-makers are being discouraged from travelling to New Zealand because of ongoing uncertainty surrounding visitor visa processing, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts.
It is the second successive month of falls following a drop in May.
Indonesia was a rare bright spot with month-on-month growth jumping by 90.5%
It is the second consecutive month of double-digit falls in what was once touted as a hot market for NZ tourism.
Visitor arrivals to the South Pacific region hit 3.16 million last year contributing circa US$3.8 billion or 11.1% to the region’s GDP, according to the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.
International visitor arrivals to New Zealand in April 2019 grew by 8.3% to 307,409, compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.
UK, Australian visitors surge as Easter and school holidays push growth into double figures.
Foreign tourists will likely provide less economic support in the future, says the bank.
Visitor arrivals in March 2019 were 378,300, down 2.6% on the same month last year, accorind to Stats NZ.
March looks set to follow February with yet another drop in international visitor arrival numbers, according to provisional figures from Stats NZ.
Holiday arrivals to New Zealand over its three summer months dipped slightly compared to the same period a year ago.
More tourism infrastructure and a focus on value is the key to prolonging the tourism boom, says the bank.
The drop contributed to an overall dip in total February arrivals to 417,900, down 1.3% on the same month last year.
The introduction of direct flights to Seoul by Air New Zealand could prove a fillip for visitation from South Korea, according to Tourism New Zealand.
All visitor arrivals to New Zealand shows solid growth, but holiday arrivals slow to 2.2%
Tourism NZ’s chair says the agency has cut its visitor arrivals growth expectations this year by almost half.
There were a record 529,300 visitor arrivals to NZ in December, the highest for any month ever, according to Stats NZ’s latest international travel numbers.
TECNZ says some of its members are reporting signs of a slowdown in their bookings.
Overseas visitor arrivals in November 2018 increased by 3.2% to 385,789 compared to the same month in 2017, driven by growth from Australia, the United States and Taiwan.
NZ’s fastest growing source region over recent years has suffered an unexpected dip.
Visitor arrivals for September 2018 grew by 2.1% to 258,155 compared to the same month last year, driven by the United States and China but dragged by a sluggish Australian market.
BERL senior economist Mark Cox takes a look at the fading growth in international visitor numbers but why prospects for New Zealand tourism remain reasonable positive.