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Guest Nights

In January 2015, a total of 4,566,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 168,000 nights (3.8 percent) from January 2014. Both the North Island (up 80,000 or 3.1 percent) and South Island (up 88,000 or 4.9 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In January 2015, guest nights comprised 62.1 percent domestic guests (2.83 million guest nights) and 37.9 percent international guests (1.73 million guest nights). Compared with January 2014, domestic guest nights increased by 126,000 (4.6 percent) and international guest nights increased by 42,000 (2.5 percent).


Accommodation Types

All four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in January 2015, compared with January 2014.

Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 78,000 or 6.9 percent), followed by holiday parks (up 67,000 or 4.5 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 17,000 or 3.2 percent), and motels (up 6,000 or 0.5 percent).



 The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in January 2015 was 52.6 percent, up 2.3 percentage points, compared with 50.3 percent in January 2014.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 4.6 points to 66.6 percent), followed by holiday parks (up 2.6 points to 37.6 percent), motels (up 0.7 points to 63.0 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 0.2 points to 54.2 percent).



In January 2015, Nelson-Tasman recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 26,000 or 9.8 percent) from January 2014. This was followed by Auckland (up 21,000 or 3.1 percent), Coromandel (up 20,000 or 11.4 percent), Northland (up 18,000 or 5.3 percent), and West Coast (up 18,000 or 11.5 percent).

Bay of Plenty recorded the largest decrease (down 22,000 or 11.5 percent), followed by Marlborough (down 6,000 or 6.0 percent), Southland (down 3,000 or 7.1 percent), Wanganui (down 3,000 or 10.2 percent), and Ruapehu (down 3,000 or 5.8 percent).



For the year ended January 2015, there were 34,779,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,815,000 (5.5 percent) from the previous January year.

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Last updated 11 March 2015

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