Sunday, December 21, 2014   

China, HK visitors to NZ soar
(02-27 15:35)

New Zealand drew a record number of overseas visitors last month thanks to the Lunar New Year holiday, the government statistics agency announced.
The number of visitors last month was up 12 percent year on year to 292,400, the highest in a January period, according to Statistics New Zealand.
“New Zealand saw more visitors arrive from China and Hong Kong this month, compared with January 2013, due to the earlier timing of Chinese New Year," population statistics manager Andrea Blackburn said in a statement.
In the year to the end of January, arrivals reached 2.75 million, up 7 percent from the January 2013 year.
Arrivals from the Chinese mainland last month were up by 73.3 percent on year, according to Tourism New Zealand.
Arrivals from Hong Kong were up 159.2 percent.--Xinhua

   
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