New Zealand visitor arrivals up to 162K in June

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Wellington, New Zealand (4E) – New Zealand attracted 162,100 visitors in June, higher by 2,600 from the previous year and topping the previous record for the month of June of 159,500 in 2013, according to a report by Statistics New Zealand released Monday.

The largest changes in arrivals came from Japan and China, which rose 1,200 and 900, respectively.

In the 12 months through June, visitor arrivals totaled 2.79 million, an increase of 6 percent on year. New Zealand’s top four visitors came from Australia, China, U.S., and UK.

Population statistics manager Vina Cullum said that visitor arrivals in June are the highest ever recorded for that month, driven by visitors from Asian countries, particularly Japan and China.

Trips overseas by New Zealand residents rose 4 percent to 206,500 in June from the year-earlier month, the bureau said.

Net migration increased 4,270 in June on seasonally adjusted terms, compared with a rise of 4,020 in the prior month. Net migration has been mostly on the rise and on positive levels since September 2012.

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