Visitors from India up for May

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

There were 9,100 visitors from India in the month of May 2018, up 2,100 from the same month last year, Stats NZ said today. India was the fourth-largest source of visitors to New Zealand for the month, behind Australia, China, and the United States.

22 June 2018

There were 9,100 visitors from India in the month of May 2018, up 2,100 from the same month last year, Stats NZ said today. India was the fourth-largest source of visitors to New Zealand for the month, behind Australia, China, and the United States.

Overall, 222,100 visitors arrived in May 2018, up 12,900 on May 2017.

The main source of arrivals was Australia, with 90,100 visitors. This was up 3,700 from May 2017. The next largest sources were:
• China – 30,500 visitor arrivals (up 3,000)
• United States – 17,100 (up 100)
• United Kingdom – 7,000 (down 500).

Generally, the United Kingdom is one of New Zealand’s largest source countries for tourists and other visitors. It remains well ahead of India on an annual basis but was overtaken for the first time in May 2018.

“The percentage increase of visitors from India (up 20.7 percent) was more than twice that from the UK (up 9.5 percent) in the May 2018 year,” population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers said.

“Since 2015, visitor arrivals from Asia have been growing more than 10 percent a year. Significant growth has also come from Hong Kong, South Korea, and the Philippines.”

The total number of visitors from Asia reached around 1.03 million for the year ended May 2018, up 97,900 (10.6 percent) from 2017. This accounted for just over half of the total overseas visitor increase for the year.

More visitors are coming from Europe, too, but the annual percentage growth rate is generally in single digits, slower than the double-digit growth seen from Asia.

Total visitor numbers for the year ended May 2018 reached 3.8 million, up 190,400 from last year.
More Kiwis fly as winter chill sets in

New Zealand- resident traveller departures increased substantially in May 2018 with 249,900 New Zealanders heading overseas for travel, up 16,800 from May 2017. The most popular destinations were:

• 96,100 to Australia (up 1,700)
• 20,700 to the United States (up 1,200)
• 14,700 to Fiji (up 1,300)
• 14,400 to the United Kingdom (up 300).

May marks the start of a seasonal trend in winter. The number of visitor arrivals decreases and New Zealand-resident travellers increases – those leaving New Zealand for a holiday typically outnumber visitors arriving. This lasts from May to September each year, when visitor arrivals pick up as the warmer seasons begin.

Visitor numbers still significantly outweigh resident departures annually. For the year ended May 2018 these were 3.8 million and 2.9 million, respectively.

More about visitor arrivals

The government recently announced a plan to impose a levy on most visitor arrivals into New Zealand. According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the visitor levy will collect $57–80 million annually.

More information about visitor arrivals, including age, travel purpose, and length of stay is published in International visitor arrivals: May 2018 released on 26 June 2018.

Authorised by Kelvin Watson, Acting Government Statistician, 22 June 2018.

For more information about these statistics:

• Visit International travel and migration: May 2018
• See Two migrant arrivals for every departure
• See CSV files for download

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