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Up to 530,000 international visitors expected amid tourism sector labour shortages

Nash said about 150,000 Chinese tourists were expected to visit New Zealand in 2023, but limited flights between the two countries would keep a lid on numbers for now.

“To really get the numbers that we had pre-pandemic, we would need to see a real ramp-up in airline scheduling out of China direct,” he said.

Summer tourists were most likely to come from Australia, North America and Europe, he said.

“Domestic tourism continues to be incredibly important, but expect to hear a lot of foreign accents in the restaurants and the shopping malls and the tourist attractions up and down the country in the next few months,” he said.


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