21 Aug 2008

More people visiting New Zealand

4:38 pm on 21 August 2008

Visitor arrivals are up despite tough economic times around the world.

Figures from Statistics New Zealand show there were more than 175,000 short-term visitors to the country in July.

That's an increase of 2% from a year ago.

More visitors from France and Australia led to the rise, with the number of French visitors alone up 55%.

But there were fewer visitors in July from China, Korea and Taiwan.