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New Zealand holiday numbers 'rising'

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21 October 2009

A growing number of people are choosing to holiday in New Zealand, figures have indicated.

Statistics New Zealand revealed that September saw the largest monthly increase in visitors to the country since April 2006.

With 14,700 more travellers arriving last month than in the same period last year, the rise stood at nine per cent.

Australians in particular were shown to be heading across the Tasman Sea in greater numbers, September representing the sixth successive monthly increase.

Commenting on the findings, Tourism New Zealand chief executive George Hickton stated that signs of a recovery are being seen, following falls experienced after the onset of the economic downturn and the outbreak of swine flu – the latter having had a particular effect on arrivals from Asia.

"Today's figures show our top five markets are all showing significant improvement on last month, which is great news for the industry heading into the crucial summer season," he said.


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