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Guest Nights

In March 2015, a total of 3,552,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 248,000 nights (7.5 percent) from March 2014. Both the North Island (up 128,000 or 6.7 percent) and South Island (up 120,000 or 8.7 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In March 2015, guest nights comprised 54.3 percent domestic guests (1.93 million guest nights) and 45.7 percent international guests (1.62 million guest nights). Compared with March 2014, domestic guest nights increased by 93,000 (5.1 percent) and international guest nights increased by 155,000 (10.5 percent).


Accommodation Types

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

Motels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 94,000 or 8.8 percent), followed by hotels (up 75,000 or 6.7 percent), holiday parks (up 59,000 or 9.6 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 19,000 or 3.9 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in March 2015 was 48.6 percent, up 3.7 percentage points, compared with 44.9 percent in March 2014.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 6.0 points to 73.4 percent), followed by motels (up 5.4 points to 67.6 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 2.5 points to 53.8 percent), and holiday parks (up 1.8 points to 20.1 percent).



In March 2015, Canterbury recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 38,000 or 11.7 percent) from March 2014. This was followed by Auckland (up 37,000 or 5.7 percent), Rotorua (up 30,000 or 18.6 percent), Queenstown (up 20,000 or 7.5 percent), and West Coast (up 18,000 or 13.5 percent).

Bay of Plenty recorded the largest decrease (down 5,000 or 4.8 percent), followed by Marlborough (down 3,000 or 3.5 percent), Waitaki (down 3,000 or 6.5 percent), Whakatane-Kawerau (down 2,000 or 8.9 percent), and Ruapehu (down 1,000 or 3.7 percent).



For the year ended March 2015, there were 35,217,000 guest nights, an increase of 2,090,000 (6.3 percent) from the previous March year.

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Last updated 12 May 2015

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