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New Zealand Overseas TravelUp 18% In July 2003

Total New Zealand overseas travel in the month of July 2003 was recorded at 138,182 – up by 21,254 departures or 18% compared with the same month of 2002. …

Total New Zealand overseas travel in the month of July 2003 was recorded at 138,182 – up by 21,254 departures or 18% compared with the same month of 2002. Holiday travel increased by 21%, with departures for VFR reasons up 27% and business travel up 6%; those residents travelling overseas for other reasons rose by 3%.

Holiday travel to Australia, as area of main destination, increased by 25% in the month of July, with departures to North America up 34% and to Europe up 21%. Travel to Fiji for holiday reasons rose by just 3%, with departures to the other South Pacific Islands up 50% and to Asia down 8%; holiday travel to the other Americas increased by 110% in the month under review with departures to Africa and the Middle East up 48%.

Within the top ten countries of main destination in the month of July, total departures for all reasons to Australia increased by 22%, with travel to Fiji up 5% and to the United Kingdom up 7%. Departures to the United States rose by 18%, with travel to the Cook Islands up 13% and to Thailand down 8%.

Total New Zealand travel to China grew by 26% in July, with departures to Indonesia down 28% and to Singapore and Samoa up 38% and 31% respectively.

Overall, total New Zealand overseas travel was recorded at 1.3 million in the year ended July 2003 – up 35,635 departures or 3% on the year ended July 2002

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