Feb 28, 2008

China becomes 4th largest visitors source

28 February 2008 - China overtook Japan to become New Zealand's fourth largest source of visitor arrivals in January, Statistics New Zealand said today.

The 122,000 visitor arrivals from China represented an increase of 15,500, up 15 percent, on the same month last year. In contrast, the 119,500 visitor arrivals from Japan represented a decrease of 14,000, down 10 percent from the previous year.

The top three sources of visitor arrivals in January were Australia (956,400), Britain (289,400) and the United States (219,400).

The Canterbury Heritage web site is available in Standard Mandarin and also the other ten most frequently spoken languages by visitors to the province. 11% of site visitors are outside of New Zealand.

The web site also conforms to the AA certification standard of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative in providing accessibility to people who are blind or visually impaired.

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