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Guest Nights

In August 2014, a total of 2,209,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 71,000 nights (3.3 percent) from August 2013. Both the North Island (up 56,000 or 4.4 percent) and South Island (up 16,000 or 1.8 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In August 2014, guest nights comprised 63.5 percent domestic guests (1.40 million guest nights) and 36.5 percent international guests (0.81 million guest nights). Compared with August 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 64,000 (4.7 percent) and international guest nights increased by 8,000 (1.0 percent).


Accommodation Types

Three of the four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in August 2014, compared with August 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 42,000 or 4.7 percent), followed by backpacker accommodation (up 21,000 or 7.7 percent), and holiday parks (up 19,000 or 8.2 percent). Motels had the only decrease in guest nights (down 10,000 or 1.4 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in August 2014 was 32.3 percent, up 1.1 percentage points, compared with 31.2 percent in August 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 2.5 points to 57.5 percent), followed by holiday parks (up 0.9 points to 8.6 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 0.7 points to 32.2 percent), and motels (up 0.2 points to 44.8 percent).



In August 2014, Auckland recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 36,000 or 7.3 percent) from August 2013. This was followed by Wellington (up 10,000 or 5.9 percent), Canterbury (up 8,000 or 4.1 percent), Coromandel (up 6,000 or 28.6 percent), and Timaru (up 6,000 or 48.0 percent).

Nelson-Tasman recorded the largest decrease (down 4,000 or 9.7 percent), followed by Taranaki (down 4,000 or 12.9 percent), Queenstown (down 4,000 or 1.3 percent), Marlborough (down 3,000 or 8.3 percent), and Wanaka (down 3,000 or 5.4 percent).



For the year ended August 2014, there were 33,877,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,594,000 (4.9 percent) from the previous August year.


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Last updated 10 October 2014

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