Jetabroad, a leading online travel agency in Australia, has found that there has been a significant increase in the number of Australians visiting New Zealand this past March, which has shown an 11% increase over last March. Part of the reason for this is Easter and school holidays came earlier, but an even bigger reason is the availability of cheap flights and the close proximity between the neighbors, allowing New Zealand to bounce back nicely after the Christchurch earthquake.
This past week Statistics New Zealand released their International Travel and Migration statistics, which show that 8400 more Australians travelled to New Zealand in March 2012 than in March 2011. This increase was part of a total increase in visitors to New Zealand, which was an increase of 11% for year-on-year and 4% for March. Jetabroad MD Darin Walters said that people tend to travel more before and after a long weekend and they saw a huge jump at the end of March due to the long Easter weekend.
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