UK arrivals to New Zealand decreased 10 percent in February compared to the same month last year. The earthquake-hit country has generally seen an increase in visits, with arrivals up one percent, according by Statistics New Zealand. The rise has been attributed to the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market, who flocked to the country following the earthquake on 22 February. From that date until 28 February, 2,300 more VFR travellers went to the country compared to the same days last year. The destination’s MICE market increased although leisure holidays slumped both before and after the Christchurch disaster.