The strong growth in international arrivals during August
confirms just how good the ski season has been for the
tourism industry, Tourism New Zealand says.
Arrivals were up 6.2% for the month, compared with August
2012, and total arrivals were up 0.9% full-year-on-full-year,
when arrivals were boosted by the Rugby World Cup.
Total arrivals were up 6% when compared with the full year
ending August 2011, demonstrating the underlying growth being
achieved, Tourism NZ chief executive Kevin Bowler said.
There was a very strong increase in arrivals from Australia.
Visitors from there topped 100,000 for the first time in an
August month. Total arrivals from Australia were up 4.7% for
the month and 1.3% for the year.
August saw encouraging continued growth from previously
stagnant long-haul markets. Holiday arrivals from the United
Kingdom were up 25.9%, the United States up 14.7% and Germany
up 10.1%. Chinese arrivals also increased during August, up
29.9%, and there was a strong increase in holiday stay days,
up 32.4% for the month.