Sharechat Logo

South African visitor numbers rise in month of visa changes

Monday 16th January 2017

Text too small?

The number of visitors from South Africa in November last year rose by more than a quarter, despite the ending of the visa waiver agreement between the two countries. 

Figures published by Statistics New Zealand show 2,144 South African nationals visited the country in November, an increase of 448, or 26 percent, on the same month a year earlier. 

On Nov. 21, 2016, Immigration New Zealand ended its visa waiver programme for South Africans, citing the increased number who had been refused entry to New Zealand because they were not genuine visitors. All South African citizens must now apply for a visa prior to travel. 

South Africa then introduced the requirement for New Zealand citizens to obtain a visitor's visa a month later. The South African High Commission's website shows that a visitor's visa costs $95. 

The biggest growth in visitor numbers in November came from the United States, with 33,888 visiting New Zealand that month, a rise of 7,136, or 27 percent. Other established tourist markets for New Zealand saw strong growth, with visitor numbers from Japan and Korea rising 25 percent and 27 percent respectively. 

The number of visitors from China, a growing source of tourists, was more stable, with 38,752 arriving in New Zealand in November, an increase of 5.5 percent, or 2,016. 

The strongest growth in visitor numbers in percentage terms came from Argentina. Tourists from there rose to 1,344, an increase of 928, or 223 percent. In December 2015, Air New Zealand introduced a new direct route between Auckland and Buenos Aires, upgrading the plane to a Dreamliner and lifting the frequency of flights from Oct. 30 last year. 

 

BusinessDesk.co.nz

  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comment:
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares fall as Meridian faces declining hydro storage
NZ dollar gains as rising consumer prices deflate chance of rate cut
Treasury Secretary to sit in on RBNZ monetary policy reviews
Cancer test firms Pacific Edge, TruScreen give market some cheer
Bridges denies Ross allegations, welcomes police inquiry
Second round of Overseas Investment Act review juggles competing tensions
Jami-Lee Ross accuses Bridges of corruption, resigns to trigger by-election
First NZ cuts Michael Hill earnings forecast after weak sales
Focus on 'low-hanging fruit' for emissions reduction - Methanex
NZ 3Q inflation higher than expected but driven by one-offs

IRG See IRG research reports