Fewer Brits visiting Godzone

JAMES WEIR
Last updated 11:42 19/07/2013

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The slump in tourists arriving from Britain in the past year has seen Americans move up to the third-largest source of visitors to New Zealand in the June year.

In the past 12 months, 189,500 visitors came to New Zealand from the United States, up 4 per cent from the year to June 2012.

In contrast British tourists were down 12 per cent in the June year to 189,000. And visitors from Britain are down a massive 39 per cent from 2006, according to Statistics NZ figures.

Australia and China are still the top two markets for tourists.

Overall, numbers are flat for the June year. There were 2.6 million visitors from all countries in the June year, unchanged from the previous year, despite a record 159,500 arrivals in June alone, up 6 per cent from the previous June.

New Zealanders went on 198,800 overseas trips in June 2013, down 10 per cent from June 2012, but the fall was mainly due to a later start to the winter school holidays, Statistics NZ said.

In the June 2013 year, Kiwis took 2.14 million overseas trips, down 1 per cent from the previous year. Departures were affected by changes in the timing of school holidays between years. Fewer people took trips to Australia (down 26,500) and the United Kingdom (down 8200), but more went to the United States (up 8200).

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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