Tourism is New Zealand's largest export earning industry in terms of foreign currency earnings. The $39 billion industry makes a direct contribution to GDP of $15.9 billion and employs at least 8 per cent of New Zealand's workforce. The sector is seeing slowing growth but that's not necessarily a bad thing, reports Grant Bradley.

An Auckland Airport expert in the Chinese tourism says the slowing growth in that market proves the visitor industry's strategy to attract higher value visitors has been a success.

In the year to February there were 436,700 visitors from China here, up 0.1 per cent on

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