In May 2014, a total of 2,216,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 172,000 nights (8.4 percent) from May 2013. Both the North Island (up 103,000 or 7.8 percent) and South Island (up 70,000 or 9.6 percent) recorded an increase.
International and Domestic
In May 2014, guest nights comprised 64.6 percent domestic guests (1.43 million guest nights) and 35.4 percent international guests (0.78 million guest nights). Compared with May 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 148,000 (11.5 percent) and international guest nights increased by 24,000 (3.2 percent).
All four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in May 2014, compared with May 2013.
Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 67,000 or 8.2 percent), followed by motels (up 48,000 or 7.1 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 32,000 or 10.7 percent), and holiday parks (up 25,000 or 9.9 percent).
The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in May 2014 was 32.8 percent, up 2.2 percentage points, compared with 30.7 percent in May 2013.
Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 2.9 points to 55.3 percent), followed by motels (up 2.4 points to 45.6 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 1.7 points to 34.7 percent), and holiday parks (up 1.1 points to 9.7 percent).
In May 2014, Auckland recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 43,000 or 8.7 percent) from May 2013. This was followed by Queenstown (up 17,000 or 12.6 percent), Waikato (up 16,000 or 22.6 percent), Canterbury (up 15,000 or 7.5 percent), and Northland (up 15,000 or 17.8 percent).
Wellington recorded the largest decrease in guest nights (down 6,000 or 3.1 percent). The only other decrease was for Hawke’s Bay (down 1,000 or 2.0 percent).
For the year ended May 2014, there were 33,690,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,767,000 (5.5 percent) from the previous May year.