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Overseas visitor numbers tail off in recession

Mar 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Uncategorized

statspicmainFEWER people are coming to New Zealand for a holiday, according to the latest statistics.

Statistics New Zealand says there was a decrease in visitors to the country in January 2009 compared with January 2008, down 4%.

However, the decrease year on year was 1%.

In the month of January 2008, New Zealand had around 253,000 visitors but this January, the number fell to 244,000, the lowest for the January month since 2003.

The fall-off in tourists was most noticeable from the United States, the United Kingdom, Korea and Japan.

David Perks, Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive, says the decline in international visitors to New Zealand is not unexpected or surprising given the current global economic climate.

He says one of the ways Positively Wellington has responded is by bringing domestic television advertising forward and adjusting the “Spoil Yourself in Wellington” campaign to work even harder to help Wellington tourism.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure people know they can’t afford not to come to Wellington,” he says.

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