Visitor numbers good news
Auckland welcomed the most international visitors yet to the city in December 2013 to cap off a record year, according to Statistics New Zealand.
International arrivals to Auckland numbered 274,496 in December, an increase of 5.8 per cent on the previous December and the highest monthly total on record.
The strong December capped off an exceptional year, with international visitor arrivals to the end of 2013 increasing by 6.1 per cent on the previous year to reach 1.933 million.
This growth was largely attributed to a 5.1 per cent increase in arrivals from key market Australia, a 9.8 per cent increase in visitors from the USA, and a 16.3 per cent increase in visitors from China.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development ( ATEED) tourism manager Jason Hill says this is the strongest consistent growth pattern that Auckland has seen in many years.
‘‘It is excellent to see the continued growth of our key markets Australia and China and for our traditional high-yield longhaul markets the US and Germany to be back in a sustained pattern of growth,’’ he says.
Auckland’s strong visitor arrival figures will help to support ATEED’s work to grow the overall visitor economy. ATEED aims to double the contribution from the visitor economy, to $6 billion in 2021.