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Wednesday, July 21

Record Arrivals Provide Early Winter Boost for Tourism

The tourism industry received an early winter boost in June, with Australia holding up visitor arrivals and promising a strong ski season.

Statistics New Zealand figures out today show international visitor arrivals were up 8 per cent in June 2010, compared to 2009, to 145,800 visitors. They were up 3.7 per cent for the year to date.

Growth for the month was led by a strong start to the winter ski season out of Australia (up 7 per cent to 76,200 visitors), and recovery in key Asian markets following last year’s Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic.

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