How’s this for some positive spin?
Australia is coming off worse in the battle for trans-Tasman tourism, with New Zealand reporting a record surge in the number of visitors in July. The number of Australians who crossed the Tasman for a holiday last month was 47,748, a rise of 37 per cent on the same period last year. Nearly 3000, or 3.1 per cent, fewer New Zealanders came to Australia in the same month
Sounds good, I guess. But, wait, why would more Aussies be crossing the ditch and fewer Kiwis?
The lower New Zealand dollar and the recession had stopped New Zealanders travelling to Australia
Kiwis have been getting hard hit by this recession and offering big discounts to try to lure tourists. So more Aussies can afford to come here on holiday but fewer of us can afford a trip over the ditch ourselves. Don’t seem like something to celebrate.
Also, did you realise that more Kiwis visit Aussie (1.1 million) every year than the other way around (1 million)? I was stunned. I mean, they’re wealthier and there’s fives times more of them, everything being equal there out to be far more Aussies tourists in New Zealand than vice versa.
Well, maybe more will come when they can tour round the cycle ways to check out our 100% pure coal mines.