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Visitor numbers retreat in June

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The number of visitors to New Zealand in June 2018 was 212,200, down 17,800 from June 2017, Stats NZ said today.

20 July 2018

The number of visitors to New Zealand in June 2018 was 212,200, down 17,800 from June 2017, Stats NZ said today.

Visitor numbers were down this month compared with June last year, when New Zealand hosted the British and Irish Lions Rugby tour. Between 3 June and 8 July 2017, the Lions tour boosted visitor numbers from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Typically, New Zealand has between 6,000 and 7,000 visitors from Ireland and the UK each June, but this ballooned to about 23,400 last year.

In June 2018 compared with June 2017, the largest drops in visitor arrivals were from:
• United Kingdom, down 15,700 to 5,900
• Australia, down 7,100 to 98,800
• Ireland, down 1,200 to 600.

The total number of visitors in June 2018 is still higher than the 196,200 visitors two years ago.

Annually, visitor numbers continue to increase.

There were 3.79 million arrivals for the year ended June 2018, up 138,700 (3.8 percent) from the year ended June 2017.

Boost in visitors from Asia

A boost of 12 percent in visitor arrivals from Asia helped offset the fall in arrivals from other countries.

Compared with June last year, Asia was the only region to see a rise in visitor arrivals to New Zealand this month. The largest increases in visitor arrivals from Asia were:

• Indonesia, up 1,900 (37 percent)
• China, up 1,200 (7 percent)
• Malaysia, up 800 (24 percent).

Kiwis take more overseas holidays

Asia also experienced strong growth as a tourist destination for New Zealanders, along with Fiji and Australia. For June 2018 compared with June 2017, the largest increases in departures for overseas holidays were to:

• Fiji, up 5,900 (34 percent)
• Australia, up 2,500 (3 percent)
• China, up 2,500 (26 percent)
• Indonesia, up 2,300 (39 percent).

Overall, 288,500 Kiwis travelled overseas in June 2018, with 100,600 visiting Australia. Other popular destinations were (by number of departures):

• Fiji, 23,200
• United States, 21,900
• United Kingdom, 17,700.

More detailed information on visitor arrivals including age, length of stay, and country of citizenship can be found in International visitor arrivals to New Zealand: June 2018 to be published on 24 July at 10:45am.

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