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Guest Nights

In February 2014, a total of 3,515,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 257,000 nights (7.9 percent) from February 2013. Both the North Island (up 102,000 or 5.4 percent) and South Island (up 155,000 or 11.4 percent) recorded an increase. 


International and Domestic

In February 2014, guest nights comprised 52.8 percent domestic guests (1.85 million guest nights) and 47.2 percent international guests (1.66 million guest nights). Compared with February 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 149,000 (8.7 percent) and international guest nights increased by 108,000 (7.0 percent).


Accommodation Types 

All four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in February 2014, compared with February 2013. Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 91,000 or 8.6 percent), followed by motels (up 70,000 or 6.6 percent), holiday parks (up 60,000 or 8.7 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 36,000 or 7.8 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in February 2014 was 51.1 percent, up 2.9 percentage points, compared with 48.1 percent in February 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 4.5 points to 74.1 percent), followed by motels (up 3.6 points to 69.6 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 2.4 points to 56.3 percent), and holiday parks (up 1.5 points to 24.1 percent).



In February 2014, Auckland recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 51,000 or 8.4 percent) from February 2013. This was followed by Canterbury (up 39,000 or 13.4 percent), Queenstown (up 33,000 or 12.9 percent), Marlborough (up 13,000 or 16.7 percent), and Waitaki (up 12,000 or 34.6 percent).

Southland recorded the largest decrease (down 4,000 or 9.6 percent), followed by Wanganui (down 2,000 or 12.0 percent), Rotorua (down 2,000 or 1.2 percent), Hawke’s Bay (down 2,000 or 2.0 percent), and Hurunui (down 1,000 or 2.3 percent).



For the year ended February 2014, there were 33,221,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,743,000 (5.5 percent) from the previous February year.


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Last updated 11 April 2014

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