Chinese New Year brings more visitors

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MIL OSI – Source: Statistics New Zealand – Chinese New Year brings more visitors

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand were up 14 percent in February 2015 (343,500), compared with February 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. 

“The increase in visitor arrivals was influenced by the timing of Chinese New Year, which is a popular time for travel,” population statistics manager Vina Cullum said. “Visitors from China were up 96 percent when compared with February last year. Last year, Chinese New Year occurred in January. In 2015, the combined visitor arrivals from January and February were up 39 percent compared with the same period in 2014.”

Monthly visitor arrivals from the United States reached an all-time high in February (36,700). Australia, China, the United States, and the United Kingdom were our biggest sources of visitors in the February 2015 year.

New Zealand-resident travellers departed on 123,900 overseas trips in February 2015, up 6 percent from February 2014. The biggest increases were in departures to Australia (up 2,700) and China (up 2,200). New Zealand residents took 2.29 million overseas trips in the February 2015 year, mostly to Australia (1.1 million trips).

Net inflow of 4,800 migrants in February

New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 4,800 migrants in February 2015. The average net gain for the last six months was 4,900.

The annual net gain of migrants in the February 2015 year (55,100) was up significantly on the February 2014 year (29,000). This was the seventh month in a row that the annual record for a net gain of migrants has been broken. The new annual record was driven by both more arrivals (with a new high of 112,600) and fewer departures.

New Zealand’s biggest net gain of migrants in the February 2015 year was from India (11,800). Most migrants arriving from India came on student visas (10,000 out of 13,000). The next biggest net gains in migrants were from China (7,500), the United Kingdom (5,100), and the Philippines (3,800).

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