German passengers booking flights to New Zealand are spending more money upon their arrival in the country, new figures have revealed.
According to New Zealand’s ministry of tourism, German travellers spent 22.5 percent more money last year than they did in 2008, while an even larger increase of 27 percent was recorded among Chinese passengers.
Total international tourism spending in the Australasian country totalled $6.2 billion (£2.82 billion) during the calendar year, a rise of four percent compared to 2008’s total.
Ray Salter, the ministry of tourism’s general manager, said spending levels during 2009 were an "excellent result" considering it was a year of a global financial crisis and the threat of an influenza pandemic.
"Once again the tourism industry has adapted to the conditions and has done a great job in keeping tourism activity and spending at such high levels," he commented.
New Zealand’s ministry of tourism said in December that the tourism industry is "optimistic" about this year’s summer holiday season.