Visitor arrival growth slows – Media release

Growth in annual visitor arrivals dropped to its lowest level in seven years, as the number of visitors from Asia continued to fall in the October 2019 year, Stats NZ said.

The total number of overseas visitor arrivals increased 81,500 (2.1 percent) to 3.9 million for the year ended October 2019, compared with the year ended October 2018.

This is the lowest annual growth in an October year since 2012, down from the most recent high of 12 percent in the year ended October 2016, and below the five-year (2015–19) average of 6.8 percent.

“Visitor arrivals from Asia have been falling for the last nine months when compared with the same months last year,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

The drop in visitors from Asia, especially from China (down 41,900), has been more than offset by increases in visitors from Australia (up 52,800) and the United States (up 22,800). Part of the observed drop in visitor arrivals from Asia, including China, is due to an increase in the number of visitors whose country of residence was not stated.

More than one-third of visitors from Australia come to New Zealand to visit friends and family. About three-quarters of visitors from China, and two-thirds of visitors from the USA, come for a holiday.

Overseas visitor arrivals steady in October

The total number of overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand was 283,800 in the October 2019 month, up 300 (0.1 percent) on the same month last year. The largest movements were from:
Australia – up 7,000 
Taiwan – up 1,700 
China – down 3,600 
United States – down 2,700 
Malaysia – down 1,700 
Germany – down 1,000.

For more information about these statistics:
Visit International travel: October 2019 
Visitor arrival growth slows – Media release