Visitor arrivals from Asia continue to fall – Media release

Visitor arrivals from Asia fell 1,700 (2.6 percent) in July 2019 compared with the same month last year, Stats NZ said today. 

There were fewer visitors from China, Malaysia, and Hong Kong but more from Singapore, Taiwan, and Indonesia.

“Visitor arrivals from Asia have been falling for six months in a row when compared with the corresponding month last year,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

“The fall in arrivals from Asia was more than offset by an increase in visitors from other key markets, especially Australia and the United States.”

The total number of visitor arrivals was 255,600, up 5,100 (2.0 percent) in July 2019 when compared with the same month last year. The largest changes were from:
Australia – up 1,900 
United States – up 1,000 
China – down 1,000.

Total annual arrivals at a peak of 3.9 million

Annual overseas visitor arrivals increased 104,400 (2.8 percent) to 3.9 million for the year ended July 2019 compared with the year ended July 2018.

The largest changes were from:
Australia – up 41,700 
United States – up 29,800 
China – down 28,800.

The number of visitors who spent 15 days or more in New Zealand increased by 57,400 (5.4 percent) in the year ended July 2019 compared with the previous year. Visitors who spent 8 to 14 days in New Zealand increased 48,600 (4.5 percent) over the same period. Visitors who spent 1 to 3 days in New Zealand fell by 21,300 (3.2 percent).
Visitor arrivals from Asia continue to fall – Media release