Vis­i­tor num­bers good news

Central Leader - - 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.

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