Peak visitor season sees tourist numbers jump up




The number of people coming to New Zealand on holiday in the last year rose 8.6 per cent to 1.9 million people.

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Annual net migration for the last 12 months was 70,400, the same as November 2016, Statistics NZ figures show.

The figures show a net 71,700 non-citizens arrived in the year, down from 72,300 a year earlier, while a net 1300 New Zealanders left, from 1900 a year earlier.

The latest figures continue the recent trend of reducing annual net migration levels, Stats NZ said.

"The slowing of annual net migration was driven by record non-New Zealand citizen migrant departures," population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said.

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"There were 27,800 in the November 2017 year, compared with 22,900 in the November 2016 year."

More non-citizen migrants arrived in the latest year, at 99,500, up from 95,100 a year earlier.

Chinese migration continued to be the largest on a net basis, with 9500 of the 70,400 net arrivals coming from China.

India was the second-largest source at a net 6800, though Indian net migration was down 25 per cent from a year earlier, with a 17 per cent drop in annual student visas granted to Indian citizens.

Net arrivals from Australia plummeted to 20 people in the latest year, from 1800 a year earlier.

Short-term visitor arrivals, which include tourists, people visiting family and friends and people travelling for work, reached 3.7 million in the November year, up eight per cent from a year earlier and a new annual record, Stats NZ said.

The number of people coming to New Zealand on holiday rose 8.6 per cent on an annual basis to 1.9 million people.

New Zealand residents took 2.8 million overseas trips in the year, up 10 per cent from the previous year, with the biggest increases from people going to French Polynesia, Japan, and Spain.

The most popular destination was still Australia, with 1.2 million New Zealand residents travelling there in the year, up 4.8 per cent annually.

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