Wednesday 12th November 2014
|Text too small?|
New Zealand guest nights rose 1.1 percent to a record for a September month, driven by a rebound in international traveller numbers following a decline the previous month.
Seasonally adjusted guest nights increased to 2.9 million in September, from 2.87 million in August and 2.73 million in the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. The latest figures surpass the previous record for a September month in 2007.
International guests nights rebounded 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 1.145 million in September, following a 2.1 percent decline in August, the agency said. Meanwhile, domestic guest nights edged up 0.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted 1.752 million, matching August's 0.5 percent gain.
September recorded the month's second-highest level for international visitor arrivals, eclipsed only by September 2011 during the Rugby World Cup, according to government figures released last month. Short term international visitor arrivals rose 1 percent to 193,000 from the same month a year earlier, driven by more tourists from the US and Australia. Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, recorded the highest level of guest nights for September, followed by the Otago region which includes the popular Queenstown Lakes tourist area.
Today's data shows total capacity in short term accommodation fell 0.6 percent in September, compared with the year earlier month, while the occupancy rate, excluding holiday parks, increased 2.5 percentage points to 48.4 percent.
On an unadjusted basis, guest nights rose 6.2 percent in September from the year earlier, with 11 of the 12 regions recording increases.
No comments yet
MARKET CLOSE: Blue-chip stocks Meridian, A2 lead market lower
NZ dollar rises on Brexit hopes, rate cut reassessment
Three not failing, just needs a new owner - MediaWorks CEO
Major investors back new CBL class action targeting directors
Rip Curl purchase a done deal on Kathmandu proxies alone
Comvita chair Neil Craig eyes the exit once he finds a new CEO
Mercury raises guidance on increased storage, high spot prices
Eroad reports strong 3Q sales growth, eyes ASX listing
MediaWorks puts TV business on the block
NZ dollar benefits as preliminary Brexit deal improves risk appetite