Thjs news won;t make the Labour party party happy as they want to trash talk the New Zealand economy, and john Key.
He is the tourism minister so can rightly claim this piece of good news.
A record 2.7 million overseas visitors touched down in New Zealand last year, providing a shot in the arm for retailers, tourism operators, the hospitality industry and the economy.
Tourism New Zealand estimates the extra 114,112 holiday makers last year from abroad spent $365 million.
In addition to a bumper year, December also recorded the highest number of arrivals in any month with 381,000 clearing immigration controls.
Tourism NZ chief executive Kevin Bowler says the growth for the year was driven by traditional long-stay markets and the biggest source of tourists – Australia.¬† Read more »