As less people leave for Australia and more people arrive in New Zealand from other countries, the net gain in October was 3000, a figure last seen in the middle of 2003, Statistics NZ figures show.
Fewer New Zealanders are leaving for Australia as that country's job market slows down, whereas New Zealand's economy is moving up.
Statistics New Zealand revealed that the number of tourist arrivals from China reduced by 12 per cent in October as compared to the same month last year.
To help drive a recovery in the tourism sector and to bring wealthier tourists, a law change is being put down.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released The International Visitor Survey today with results to the year ending in September.
This is the primary measure for New Zealand to keep a tab on tourists' spending and behaviour and the data is collected year-round and reported quarterly.
The data reveals that tourists are spending about $1.7 billion more per year in New Zealand than previously believed.
On Tuesday morning, Airbnb - the world leader in travel rentals - held a special event for nearly 300 Airbnb hosts from all across the world. The event, held at the company's San Francisco headquarters, gave the Airbnb hosts a chance learn from experts in the hotel industry, and meet with the Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky.
New Zealand's tourism sector has welcomed Telecom's recent announcement that it will be extending free or low-cost Wi-Fi access to its customers from October. Telecom had said in its announcement that it will expand free or low cost Wi-Fi hotspots by another 700 next month; and will have nearly 2000 hotspots by mid-2014.
Last night i. e. August 30, 2013, during the 2013 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Awards, held in Timaru, Tekapo Springs, which is already a winner of multiple awards, bagged the title of best tourism operator.
Amongst the top tourism operators in South Island, Tekapo Springs was the best one in the tourism industry category.
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