On the cusp of 3 million

Visitor arrivals increased 7% to 2.98 million in the year ending May 2015, almost breaking the 3 million annual milestone.

Arrivals from China in YE May 2015 were 309,800, up +29.3% on the previous year. TIA Policy & Insight Specialist Steve Riley says a highlight is the increase out of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, collectively making up around 70% of the growth out of Asia. He says it is also encouraging to see the strong growth out of India, up 28.8% to 42,880. Read more.

Expenditure data supports strong arrival trends

The positive international arrivals results are reflected in the latest visitor expenditure data which has continued an upward trend since December 2013.

International visitor spending in May 2015 was greater than in May 2014 with most Regional Tourism Organisations showing strong growth, in particular Rotorua, where May spending was up 43% on May 2014. Read More

  Source: TIA Newsletter