New Zealand’s tourism boom has reached a new peak, with the country set to become the first to break the year’s record for foreign visitors, the tourism body Tourism New Zealand said Monday.
In a statement, the country’s tourism body said that its figures for 2016 were up by 9.2% compared to 2015.
The number of visitors to New Zealand in 2016 was up by 8.2%.
“We have a very, very healthy tourism sector and the numbers have increased in the last 12 months.
This is the best growth period we’ve seen in a very long time,” Tourism New Britain’s Tourism Coordinator Peter Smith said.
New Zealand has the second-highest number of foreign visitors in the world, behind only the United Kingdom.
It is a destination for many internationals, including American President Donald Trump.
Last year, the United States accounted for 14.4% of New Zealand tourism revenue, while the country was second only to South Korea, with 12.8%.
The New Zealand economy is booming, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.1% in 2016.
It was the best performance in the developed world and the fourth best in the Asia Pacific region.
In 2015, New Zealand had the world’s second-worst record for tourists.
The country had the third-worst rate of foreign tourism in the World Bank’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index.
According to Tourism New England, New York, which has the world number one tourist destination, saw an increase of 17.2%, while Chicago saw a 7.4%.
The world’s most visited cities were in China, which had an increase in tourism by 3.8%, and in Dubai, which saw an uptick of 3.1%.