19 September 2008
Aussies choose NZ as their number one destination
More Australians are choosing international destinations for their holidays than exploring their own country, reports Tourism Research Australia, and New Zealand is their first choice.
The report, Travel by Australians, shows that over the past year the number of Australians choosing domestic travel has decreased by 2 per cent since the same period to 2007.
However, it also showed that more Australians are choosing to holiday internationally because of the strong Australian dollar, with 5 million being the total number of Australians travelling internationally for the 12 months to 31 March 2008 (500,000 up on the year previous).
Of these international destinations, New Zealand proved to be the favourite for Australians (17 per cent chose New Zealand over any other country), followed by America and Canada (11 per cent) and the UK (8 per cent).
Australians particularly enjoy holidaying in New Zealand over the winter months; last year, 1.2 million people visited New Zealand’s commercial skiing slopes, with thousands more unaccounted for while they hit the slopes off the beaten track, reports the Earth Times. Tourism officials predict more international visitors will arrive this year, with Australians comprising around 50 per cent of the New Zealand international visitor market, reports the Dominion Post.
Australians do not need a New Zealand visa to visit, work or live in New Zealand, as both countries are part of a visa waiver agreement.
The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.
Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.