2018 – Annus Horribilis for Aussie Tourism to New Zealand

New Zealand is on the nose with Aussie tourists, who are shunning their trans-Tasman neighbour and heading elsewhere for their holidays. The downward trajectory in Australian tourism to New Zealand in 2018 accelerated during April with a -3.3% decrease in visitor numbers compared with last year, according to the latest Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It follows declines in January (-1.0%) , February (-2.5%) and March (-2.9%). That said, New Zealand still remains the most popular destination for Australians – at least for now. The fastest growing markets ex-Australia during April for Australians were Japan, Vietnam and India. Update: Aussie visitors to NZ in May fell -2.3%.

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