Vis­i­tors up

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Over­seas vis­i­tors to Auck­land ex­ceeded two mil­lion for the first time ever in 2014. Statis­tics New Zealand re­sults show 2,029,568 in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals to the city last year. It’s an in­crease of five per cent on the pre­vi­ous year. The an­nual growth in­cludes a 14 per cent in­crease in ar­rivals from China, a 11.6 per cent in­crease from Ger­many, and a 10.4 per cent in­crease from the United States. In­ter­na­tional guest nights in the city are now at more than three mil­lion, and Auck­land ho­tels had an oc­cu­pancy rate at 82 per cent for 2014. Auck­land’s aim is to dou­ble the vis­i­tor econ­omy from $4.8 bil­lion in 2012 to $7.2 bil­lion an­nu­ally in 2021.

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