First six months deliver strong growth for tourism

The first half of 2013 has delivered strong international visitor arrivals and set a solid base for the winter season, says Tourism New Zealand.

Figures released today report international arrivals up 5.6 per cent for the month. Total arrivals were unchanged year-on-year, due to 2012 being boosted by the Rugby World Cup, but up 5.0 per cent compared to year ending June 2011.

"When we look at the first six months of the year we see a strong picture for arrivals -with total arrivals up 5.8 per cent against the same period last year, and holiday arrivals up 10.0 per cent,' says Justin Watson, Tourism New Zealand's acting Chief Executive.

"This puts the industry in a great good place ahead of the 2013 ski season which has already seen a solid start - with record levels of snow to all ski-fields and Australian arrivals up 17.0 per cent for the month. We anticipate seeing further growth over the coming months."

For the first six months of the year holiday arrivals are up across Tourism New Zealand's top six markets: Australia 9.0%, China 30.9%, US 20.7%, UK 3.3%, Japan 7.8%, Germany 2.9%.

"It is encouraging to see this growth from our traditional long-haul markets after what has been a difficult few years for the industry.

The increase in arrivals from the US, up 3.6 per cent year-on-year, saw it overtake the UK for the first time, to become the third-largest source of visitors to New Zealand.

"The underlying growth from the long-haul markets further supports the positive impact seen from the investment in marketing New Zealand's association with the Hobbit trilogy.
"Our 100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand campaign continues to achieve its objectives - providing the additional motivation and reason to convert interest in a holiday to New Zealand into an actual booking."

Contact Leah Phelps, Senior Communications Advisor, Tourism New Zealand | phone +64 21 843 896