RTTNews - Short-term tourist arrivals into New Zealand rose 1% year-on-year in May to 141,900, the highest ever recorded for a May month, the Statistics New Zealand said Monday. During the month, there were more visitors from Australia, but fewer from Korea, China and Japan.
Annually, visitor arrivals from all countries stood at 2.42 million, down 3% from the same month last year. At the same time, visitor arrivals from Australia exceeded one million for the first time in May, representing an increase of 35,500 or 4% and were the double the figures of ten years back.
Meanwhile, short-term trips made by New Zealand residents totaled 163,700 in May, down 6% from the previous year. In the same period, fewer trips were made to Australia, the UK and Fiji. On an annual basis, the departures dropped 4% to 1.93 million in May.
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