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Guest Nights

In May 2015, a total of 2,338,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 123,000 nights (5.5 percent) from May 2014. Both the North Island (up 55,000 or 3.9 percent) and South Island (up 68,000 or 8.5 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In May 2015, guest nights comprised 62.6 percent domestic guests (1.46 million guest nights) and 37.4 percent international guests (0.87 million guest nights). Compared with May 2014, domestic guest nights increased by 33,000 (2.3 percent) and international guest nights increased by 90,000 (11.5 percent).


Accommodation Types

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

Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 57,000 or 6.5 percent), followed by motels (up 30,000 or 4.1 percent), holiday parks (up 26,000 or 9.1 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 10,000 or 2.9 percent). 



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in May 2015 was 34.3 percent, up 1.5 percentage points, compared with 32.8 percent in May 2014.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 3.0 points to 58.2 percent), followed by motels (up 1.3 points to 46.9 percent), holiday parks (up 1.1 points to 10.7 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 0.8 points to 35.5 percent). 



In May 2015, Queenstown recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 35,000 or 22.6 percent) from May 2014. This was followed by Wellington (up 17,000 or 9.0 percent), Rotorua (up 15,000 or 12.4 percent), Hawke’s Bay (up 11,000 or 20.4 percent), and Canterbury (up 10,000 or 4.5 percent).

Northland recorded the largest decrease (down 7,000 or 6.7 percent), followed by Nelson-Tasman (down 3,000 or 4.4 percent), Hurunui (down 2,000 or 8.9 percent), Auckland (down 2,000 or 0.3 percent), and Gisborne (down 1,000 or 3.7 percent). 



For the year ended May 2015, there were 35,447,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,757,000 (5.2 percent) from the previous May year.


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Last updated 10 July 2015

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