Visitor arrival growth slows

Growth in annual visitor arrivals dropped to its lowest level in seven years, as the number of visitors from Asia continued to fall in the October 2019 year, Stats NZ said today.

The total number of overseas visitor arrivals increased 81,500 (2.1 percent) to 3.9 million for the year ended October 2019, compared with the year ended October 2018.

This is the lowest annual growth in an October year since 2012, down from the most recent high of 12 percent in the year ended October 2016, and below the five-year (2015-19) average of 6.8 percent.

Year Annual change %
2009 -1
2010 3.1
2011 2.6
2012 -0.6
2013 4.6
2014 5.1
2015 8.6
2016 11.7
2017 7.9
2018 3.6
2019 2.1
Year Total visitor arrivals
2009 2438626
2010 2514209
2011 2579098
2012 2562997
2013 2680821
2014 2817426
2015 3059449
2016 3417552
2017 3688013
2018 3821658
2019 3903190

“Visitor arrivals from Asia have been falling for the last nine months when compared with the same months last year,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

The drop in visitors from Asia, especially from China (down 41,900), has been more than offset by increases in visitors from Australia (up 52,800) and the United States (up 22,800). Part of the observed drop in visitor arrivals from Asia, including China, is due to an increase in the number of visitors whose country of residence was not stated.

Year ended Australia China United Kingdom United States
Oct-79 223014 324 29632 58928
Nov-79 222026 336 31036 60276
Dec-79 219698 348 32364 60216
Jan-80 214770 360 32956 61956
Feb-80 217086 392 34088 64452
Mar-80 214478 428 34672 70168
Apr-80 214065 424 34780 72204
May-80 214241 452 34924 72248
Jun-80 216661 464 34892 73301
Jul-80 218487 484 34992 74317
Aug-80 219133 512 35172 75065
Sep-80 218176 528 35397 75517
Oct-80 218752 632 36049 76262
Nov-80 219180 652 33757 77374
Dec-80 217749 648 34101 77800
Jan-81 217319 752 32777 78721
Feb-81 213940 768 34766 78662
Mar-81 215516 812 35306 75258
Apr-81 216311 888 35631 75186
May-81 216108 840 35815 76208
Jun-81 216787 836 35979 76499
Jul-81 216638 864 36247 77450
Aug-81 214762 852 36364 78527
Sep-81 216691 872 36308 79137
Oct-81 216077 788 36493 79568
Nov-81 215138 792 37601 77332
Dec-81 214621 936 38072 76798
Jan-82 214915 844 40553 75577
Feb-82 217852 804 37732 73520
Mar-82 214380 768 37144 73796
Apr-82 214711 752 37443 75164
May-82 213202 760 37507 75882
Jun-82 212923 744 37523 75963
Jul-82 214628 704 37687 76144
Aug-82 216944 732 37658 76891
Sep-82 216823 700 37777 77693
Oct-82 216187 712 37568 77525
Nov-82 216745 704 38179 76413
Dec-82 216676 600 37931 76314
Jan-83 214501 588 38058 75982
Feb-83 213340 604 38042 76422
Mar-83 217371 560 37854 75490
Apr-83 215990 532 37806 76686
May-83 216239 564 37750 77006
Jun-83 217635 588 38138 77761
Jul-83 220095 592 38570 78413
Aug-83 218641 580 38603 80741
Sep-83 220222 588 38491 81993
Oct-83 221436 592 38551 83841
Nov-83 222289 628 38425 85249
Dec-83 224100 596 39096 86720
Jan-84 223203 644 39684 87772
Feb-84 224873 636 39864 89300
Mar-84 223946 616 40496 93992
Apr-84 228783 604 40416 96344
May-84 232354 568 40784 96896
Jun-84 234859 576 40560 98008
Jul-84 235299 580 40264 98368
Aug-84 238487 560 40339 97288
Sep-84 240771 600 40895 96832
Oct-84 242599 656 41383 97556
Nov-84 246024 628 40740 100334
Dec-84 250879 696 40209 101032
Jan-85 253838 684 39454 102024
Feb-85 258587 784 40542 103360
Mar-85 265579 856 41254 102672
Apr-85 266676 948 41414 105725
May-85 271048 988 41570 106341
Jun-85 277461 1004 41642 105961
Jul-85 279093 1024 41902 106449
Aug-85 285421 1092 42090 107465
Sep-85 288647 1104 42114 108797
Oct-85 290423 1140 42574 112938
Nov-85 292763 1344 43040 119478
Dec-85 293558 1344 43612 122960
Jan-86 297019 1348 43617 126980
Feb-86 294495 1284 44684 130416
Mar-86 291044 1376 45530 133908
Apr-86 289689 1340 45980 136903
May-86 287682 1350 45993 137877
Jun-86 283667 1332 46095 139081
Jul-86 282553 1366 46252 140733
Aug-86 279027 1400 46808 141723
Sep-86 277747 1437 47012 143971
Oct-86 275649 1411 47482 146538
Nov-86 274493 1305 47982 150172
Dec-86 273559 1411 49671 153974
Jan-87 271819 1465 50527 158494
Feb-87 271843 1737 52024 164400
Mar-87 272214 1821 53146 163390
Apr-87 275163 1847 53774 162956
May-87 273164 1937 55055 164694
Jun-87 274238 2048 56391 166927
Jul-87 279060 2134 56694 169447
Aug-87 275894 2220 57442 171193
Sep-87 282788 2175 57582 173665
Oct-87 289390 2197 58084 176529
Nov-87 294175 2245 59384 178157
Dec-87 294594 2199 61048 180354
Jan-88 295204 2305 63929 180589
Feb-88 293854 2158 65324 177373
Mar-88 293566 2092 66749 175621
Apr-88 289202 2158 67327 172423
May-88 285644 2329 67303 172564
Jun-88 284067 2384 67221 174735
Jul-88 281418 2442 67922 176681
Aug-88 279118 2446 68474 177259
Sep-88 276974 2526 69214 177317
Oct-88 271577 2674 70586 177532
Nov-88 266876 2838 70856 171584
Dec-88 266414 2882 72704 167525
Jan-89 264753 2871 71802 161838
Feb-89 266832 2952 72837 160524
Mar-89 269496 2997 72216 160353
Apr-89 272153 3048 72709 160362
May-89 275231 2940 72502 158589
Jun-89 280422 2976 72363 155994
Jul-89 283459 2972 73104 152698
Aug-89 290901 2906 73260 151036
Sep-89 296375 2911 73098 149241
Oct-89 299939 2691 73076 142564
Nov-89 304440 2557 73666 139192
Dec-89 312217 2513 74337 137509
Jan-90 320972 2376 75868 137525
Feb-90 323633 2416 77572 135033
Mar-90 327459 2413 78528 136946
Apr-90 334884 2395 80994 135200
May-90 337530 2323 82623 136469
Jun-90 336774 2323 84432 136388
Jul-90 337981 2258 84926 137071
Aug-90 338993 2313 85069 137610
Sep-90 338189 2378 85401 136625
Oct-90 342292 2543 86006 137164
Nov-90 344941 2754 87022 138897
Dec-90 341713 3082 87255 139664
Jan-91 338269 3226 86823 139460
Feb-91 341359 3016 87603 139180
Mar-91 343299 3006 87963 139030
Apr-91 336876 3001 86632 136428
May-91 337764 2990 86178 135443
Jun-91 337289 2986 86156 136703
Jul-91 338662 3011 86242 136600
Aug-91 339718 3033 86066 136050
Sep-91 339829 2968 86009 137442
Oct-91 340643 2957 86647 136309
Nov-91 341677 2836 87296 135330
Dec-91 338509 2596 87944 132690
Jan-92 339350 2614 89611 130847
Feb-92 341950 2744 91971 132247
Mar-92 341098 2789 92900 134710
Apr-92 348229 2829 95110 136409
May-92 349349 2959 95600 136489
Jun-92 350787 2911 95328 134451
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Aug-92 356949 3084 95825 131782
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Oct-92 359419 3330 95872 127611
Nov-92 359358 3336 96283 128633
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Feb-93 363585 3580 96018 134860
Mar-93 361995 3617 96809 134003
Apr-93 364236 3643 94720 134372
May-93 362192 3672 94275 136412
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Aug-93 357462 4279 96025 138084
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Oct-93 360279 4322 97320 142681
Nov-93 358903 4337 100829 143872
Dec-93 358975 4301 103387 143596
Jan-94 361989 4367 104561 146052
Feb-94 364449 4535 108065 146856
Mar-94 369482 4717 110720 150666
Apr-94 365603 4851 112251 152889
May-94 367523 5072 113200 150701
Jun-94 369429 5214 112125 152424
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Oct-94 380804 5616 116006 155688
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Dec-94 386061 6487 116067 158493
Jan-95 387111 6753 118589 158821
Feb-95 387282 7131 120095 157957
Mar-95 389581 7222 118490 155731
Apr-95 396961 7517 119307 154775
May-95 398594 7659 119502 154906
Jun-95 397518 7876 119510 155657
Jul-95 399284 8027 119920 156603
Aug-95 398188 8273 120270 155144
Sep-95 398651 8364 120883 153569
Oct-95 398162 8518 121424 152827
Nov-95 399960 8472 121677 150715
Dec-95 402657 8918 122399 152203
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Feb-96 407426 9803 123674 153935
Mar-96 409326 10050 126076 151823
Apr-96 411249 10355 127377 151342
May-96 413316 10723 128284 151219
Jun-96 419062 10792 129418 150312
Jul-96 418903 11064 129751 148147
Aug-96 423113 11230 129887 148177
Sep-96 423120 11589 130105 148529
Oct-96 427789 11956 130652 147723
Nov-96 431548 12496 132995 148139
Dec-96 435862 13646 136485 147389
Jan-97 438058 14686 140102 147843
Feb-97 438463 14922 144798 145991
Mar-97 440610 15688 146711 146278
Apr-97 436068 15892 146638 145346
May-97 438014 16732 146638 145080
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Apr-98 453933 17155 148889 153954
May-98 457091 16745 148943 155860
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Jul-98 467316 16934 149956 156292
Aug-98 471132 16758 150404 155948
Sep-98 477041 16899 151018 156342
Oct-98 483858 17006 151120 158495
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Feb-99 502900 16533 157212 165564
Mar-99 508035 16325 160514 165980
Apr-99 506391 16589 160146 166361
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Jul-99 508414 18151 162555 168019
Aug-99 512185 18751 163368 169451
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Oct-99 514732 20830 168807 173507
Nov-99 515863 21894 171673 174772
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Feb-00 534710 25927 173927 186473
Mar-00 537775 26802 174838 186842
Apr-00 545176 27522 180474 188759
May-00 546452 28212 181399 190038
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Sep-00 558808 30489 185020 197373
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Feb-01 584212 37711 208685 193640
Mar-01 592737 39157 209928 195551
Apr-01 596741 41008 208559 194396
May-01 602811 42060 208910 194168
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Oct-01 633638 51167 211549 190532
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Feb-02 629003 58041 217638 194024
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Apr-02 625397 61669 225787 194098
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Oct-02 620765 71308 232081 197456
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Dec-02 632470 76534 236986 205289
Jan-03 634996 78231 240233 204791
Feb-03 639999 79318 243593 205579
Mar-03 638354 79766 240029 205796
Apr-03 651638 78018 246248 206912
May-03 652721 73641 247680 207057
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Aug-03 660419 65858 253248 207698
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Feb-04 729203 63857 273162 209649
Mar-04 743388 64402 276372 209516
Apr-04 760775 66734 276836 211713
May-04 770306 71249 277488 212962
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Jul-04 800886 77489 279036 213712
Aug-04 811391 79372 279482 215896
Sep-04 824279 80268 278986 216988
Oct-04 833869 81131 280840 218225
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Feb-05 865140 85622 287472 219196
Mar-05 875337 84226 293554 220004
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May-16 1361168 394528 213040 255344
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Feb-17 1415696 402832 224416 307136
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More than one-third of visitors from Australia come to New Zealand to visit friends and family. About three-quarters of visitors from China, and two-thirds of visitors from the USA, come for a holiday.

Overseas visitor arrivals steady in October

The total number of overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand was 283,800 in the October 2019 month, up 300 (0.1 percent) on the same month last year. The largest movements were from:

  • Australia – up 7,000
  • Taiwan – up 1,700
  • China – down 3,600
  • United States – down 2,700
  • Malaysia – down 1,700
  • Germany – down 1,000.

Japan kicks off for Kiwis in October

New Zealand residents arrived home from 326,400 overseas trips in the October 2019 month. This is almost identical to October 2018, which had 326,200 New Zealand-resident arrivals. The largest movements were from:

  • Japan – up 2,500
  • Indonesia – up 2,300
  • United States – down 2,400.

“The increase in New Zealand residents returning from Japan coincided with the 2019 Rugby World Cup being hosted in that country,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

The total number of New Zealand-resident traveller arrivals for the year ended October 2019 was 3.07 million, up 63,900 from the year ended October 2018.

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