Dunedin Television|On Demand - Freeview|HD Channel 39 - Sunday, August 31st, 2014

China now New Zealand's second largest source of tourists

Dunedin's 28-storey hotel has been sold by its backers as a necessary facility for Chinese tourists.

Now new figures appear to back up at least the suggestion Chinese tourism is becoming an important part of the market.

Figures for November visitor arrivals in New Zealand show China overtook the United Kingdom to become the country's second-biggest source of visitors.

Arrivals from China have grown from about 3000 in 1992 to almost 195,000 in the year to November.

That is a 38% increase on the year before.

Despite that increase, Australia remains the biggest source, accounting for 45% of all visitors to New Zealand.