New Zealand’s international visitor arrivals

November 18th, 2014 | | industry

AirNZTailfinFor the four weeks ended 2 November 2014 Total international visitor arrivals was up 6% compared to the same four-week period last year. Countries UP include: China 46%, India 27%, Japan 17%, USA 16%, Germany 6%, Singapore 5%, Australia 4%, Canada 2%. DOWN: UK 3%.

Key Tourism statistics for the year ended March 2014 are:
International tourism expenditure contributed $10.3 billion (15.3%) to New Zealand’s total export
Tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of $8.3 billion, or 4% of GDP
The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional $6.5 billion for tourism, or 3.1% of GDP
The tourism industry directly employed 94,100 full-time equivalents (FTEs), or 4.7 percent of total employment in New Zealand
Tourists generated $1.8 billion in GST revenue

International visitor spending climbed 7.4%, while the total number of international visitors rose 5%. It also puts the industry well on the way to achieving total tourism revenue of NZ$41 billion by 2025. The figures show the tourism industry is recovering from the global financial crisis, with international spend now back at 2007 levels. Opportunities like the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2017 World Masters Games offer increased spending by international visitors.

Statistics also provide an accurate picture of spending by international students studying in New Zealand. These students are spending $1.9 billion a year, up 8.7%.

Sources: Statistics New Zealand and TIANZ


Written by Chris Harrison