21 Mar 18: Chinese New Year boosts visitors to February record

More than 15,000 visitors a day on average arrived in New Zealand in February, setting a new record for the month, Stats NZ said today.

Total overseas visitor arrivals numbered 423,500 in February 2018, the highest for any February. This total was up 43,400 from February 2017.

“The strong increase in visitor arrivals in February 2018 coincided with Chinese New Year, which is a peak travel period,” population insights senior manager Peter Dolan said. Chinese New Year was in mid-February this year, compared with late January in 2017.

February 2018 saw 68,900 visitors arriving from China; this was more than double the 33,700 that arrived in February 2017.

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