Jan 23, 2018 - Hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks benefited from widespread growth in November 2017, with total guest nights up 4.3 percent from November 2016, Stats NZ said today. International guest nights increased 5.6 percent in the month, with domestic guest nights close behind, up 3.1 percent.
“An increase in visitor arrivals from Australia may have contributed to the growth in international guest nights,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said. “Fans here for the Rugby League World Cup may also have been a factor.”
Hotels led the increase in total guest nights, with 50,000 more nights spent in hotels in November 2017 than the previous November.
“International guests are typically more likely to choose hotels for accommodation,” Ms McKenzie said.
Backpackers and holiday parks also recorded sizeable increases in total guest nights, up 7.3 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively, in November 2017 compared with November 2016.
“This November was a warmer, dryer month than the previous November which may have helped guest night increases, particularly for holiday parks,” Ms McKenzie said.
Motel guest nights increased a modest 1.7 percent after strong growth in November 2016.
The accommodation survey collects data for guests staying in short-term commercial accommodation such as hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks. Hosted and private accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts and holiday homes, are excluded.
Accommodation survey: December 2017 will be released on 15 February 2018.
| A STATSNZ release | January 23, 2018 |||