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More Kiwis take flight in ‘golden era of travel’

Nov 27th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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THE Rugby World Cup is behind a record number of Kiwis travelling to the United Kingdom during October.

Kiwis made 9200 departures to the UK in October 2015, double the 4580 that made the same trip last year.

Statistics New Zealand says the spike in the number of people travelling to the UK coincided with the Rugby World Cup which ran between September 18 and October 31.

Dana Duxfield, from Flight Centre, said the travel agency experienced a rise in customers booking tickets to the UK when compared to October last year.

“We did experience a bit of a spike for Kiwis travelling to the UK in October.”

Duxfield attributed an increase of about 50 percent to customers travelling to the World Cup.

She also said Kiwis are travelling more in general, due to lower prices for airfares.

Prices have been driven down because of more airlines flying in and out of New Zealand which has increased competition.

“We are in a bit of a golden era for travel at the moment,” she said.

The Statistics New Zealand International Travel and Migration report shows New Zealanders made more overseas trips in the year to October than in any previous year.

New Zealand residents departed on a record 2.39 million trips in the 2015 October year, 131,800 more than the same time last year.

The record number of departures is six percent more than 2.26 million overseas trips Kiwis made in the 2014 October year.

Almost half of all overseas trips taken by Kiwis were to Australia.

New Zealanders made 1.13 million trips across the Tasman in the year to October, an increase of 49,000 departures from the same time last year.

The number of Kiwis travelling to other destinations during October also increased with 16,800 more trips to both Fiji and United States than the same time last year.

A rise in the numbers of New Zealanders travelling to Asian countries in the year to October was also recorded.

Kiwis made 7600 more trips to China and 6200 more to India was than in the year to October 2014.

A record for visitor numbers for the year to October was also reached with 3.06 million.

Visitors from Australia (1.31 million), China (335,400) and the United States (237,700) contributed 62 percent of arrivals in the October 2015 year.

New Zealand also made a record net migrant gain of 6200 migrants in the October 2015 year.

In October New Zealand had 10,920 permanent and long-term arrivals compared to 4710 departures.

The report also shows the first net annual migration gain from Australia since November 1991.

Statistics New Zealand says the net migration gain is due to fewer New Zealand citizens departing for Australia and the arrival of more New Zealand and non-New Zealand citizens.

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