Australian visitor arrivals to New Zealand
continued to offset softening numbers from other long-haul markets
during March and April.
A late Easter led to a 9.2% jump in
international arrivals to New Zealand for April 2009.
When the two months of March and April are
combined, to remove the effect of Easter, arrivals were down 1.8%.
Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive George Hickton said despite an overall slight decline,
it was good to see Australian arrivals had increased
over the combined two month period.
Total arrivals from Australia were up
7% over the combined months of March and April compared
with the same two months last year. Australian holiday
arrivals were up 9.8%.
"Competition in Australia is mounting
for consumers’ travel dollars, both from domestic
Australian and international promotional campaigns.
Given the current economic climate, it is important for
New Zealand to retain our profile in our largest visitor
market and to build on the equity we have developed for
our brand," Mr Hickton said.
International Visitor Arrivals April 2009
• Australia - 90,508, up 22.8%
UK - 17,930, up 1%
• US - 14,388, up 1.4%
Canada - 3,212, up 6.2%
• China - 10,670, down 6%
• Korea - 3,806, down 45.5%
• Japan - 6,072,
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