New Zealand’s visitor arrivals in June 2009 show
that numbers from South Korea, Japan and China have been seriously
impacted by concerns over Swine Flu (H1N1) and the continued
economic downturn. Swine Flu was was first detected in New Zealand
in late April.
"Experience with past shocks, like SARs and
September 11, meant we knew that arrivals from our Asian markets
would likely be badly hit by the Swine Flu outbreak," said Tourism
New Zealand chief executive George Hickton. "Fortunately, our
offshore offices are picking up some more positive signals for
later this year; we are hoping China will star to improve from
September, and the outlook for Japan is also looking slightly
better for the first time in many months."
While the Asian arrivals to New Zealand were
weak in June, the strength of the Australian market helped the
industry to hold its ground.
Tourism New Zealand has been working on keeping
New Zealand in the spotlight in Australia. An early-bird ski
campaign, great snow and good travel offers has resulted in a
bumper ski season for operators.
International Visitor Arrivals in June 2009
• Australia up 9.2%
• UK down 11.5%
USA down 2.1%
• Canada up 13%
• China down 49.4%
South Korea down 48.5%
• Japan down 66.7%
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