Record number of skiers and boarders head to New Zealand to start season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 28, 2010 9:44 am

New Zealand’s mountain resort industry received a signifcant boost for the month of June, with Australia raising visitor arrivals to the country and promising a strong ski season.

Numbers released by Statistics New Zealand show international visitor tallies were up eight percent in June 2010, compared to 2009, to 145,800 visitors. June marks the start of the Southern Hemisphere’s ski and snowboard season in New Zealand. The figure was up 3.7 percent for the year to date.

Growth for the month was led by a strong start to the winter ski season out of Australia (up seven percent to 76,200 visitors), and recovery in key Asian feeder markets following last year’s Swine Flu pandemic.