- The trans-Tasman cousins observe a rise in travellers; numbers reveal border crossings as high as 85,900
- Travel between New Zealand and Cook Islands heightened during the first week of June 2021
- However, with the eruption of COVID-19 cases, the travel arrangement between New Zealand and Victoria came to a temporary halt
Ever since the opening of the trans-Tasman travel bubble from 19 April 2021, the Kiwi nation is witnessing a surge in the number of people crossing borders.
As per Stats NZ, the Kiwi shores observed 47,000 arrivals and 38,900 departures, i.e., 85,900 border crossings, since the announcement of the quarantine free trans-Tasman travel arrangement.
However, these figures were lesser than the pre-Covid levels when the numbers were almost 1.2 million in April.
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Provisional data for May 2021 reveals an increase in the statistics related to border crossings.
Two-way travel arrangement between Cook Islands
With the commencement of the 2-way travel bubble between the pacific nations from 17 May onwards, there has been a slight rise in the number of arrivals and departures to Cook Islands as travel between the two countries picking up in the 1st week of June 2021.
The much-awaited travel bubble with Australia
The highly anticipated travel arrangement, with NZ’s trans-Tasman neighbour, Australia, provided the much-needed relief to both countries.
People across both nations were elated as they finally got a chance to reunite with their loved ones almost after one year.
There were nearly 27,000 Australian arrivals in April 2021, a vast majority of them had come to reunite with their family and friends.
With Australians accounting for majority of the air traffic, more influx of NZ tourists is yet to be seen.
Airlines to capitalise Queensland’s cozy climate as NZ heads to winter months
According to a representative from Qantas, as the Kiwi nation heads to harsh winters, Queensland’s warm climate will allure more visitors from the Kiwi land.
In order to cash in the opportunity, all route flights to Queenstown are functioning at more than 170% of the pre-Covid levels.
Moreover, to revive the demand, Qantas has reduced its fares.
The Hospitality and Tourism sector got the much-needed boost
Apart from the people, the reopening of the travel between the trans-Tasman cousins was welcomed by the hospitality and tourism sector of both nations, as these were the worst hit sectors by the pandemic.
It is expected that with the commencement of the travel arrangement, Aotearoa’s economy is likely to get NZ$1billion uplift during the rest of the year.
COVID-19 cases paused the travel bubble
Recently, the emergence of fresh COVID-19 cases in Victoria, Australia, saw New Zealand pausing flights to Victoria in order to prevent the pathogen from reaching its shores.