23 Jun 2012

Visitor numbers up

5:22 am on 23 June 2012

The number of international visitors to New Zealand increased by 4% over the past year.

Statistics New Zealand says slightly more than 2.5 million people visited in the past 12 months.

The number of holiday makers grew by more than 3% and people visiting relatives increased by almost 7% compared with the previous year.

Visitors from China continue to grow but tourists from Singapore and Malaysia have declined.

Tourism New Zealand says more work now needs to be done to encourage international visitors to stay for longer.