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Guest nights up 2% in November

Wednesday 19th January 2011

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Guest nights in short term commercial accommodation rose 2% in November, as a big rise in domestic nights in Auckland more than overcame an overall fall in international nights.

Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) said the 2.7 million guest nights in November was also up 2.5% from November 2008.

Domestic visitors made up 1.5m of the total, a rise of 6.6% from a year earlier and 5.9% from two years before.

But the 1.2m guest nights by international visitors was down 3.1% from November 2009 and down 1.4% from November 2008.

In Auckland, domestic guest nights were up 52,000 or 20.8%, led by hotels, while Canterbury chalked up a 12,000 or 5.1% rise, Waikato had a rise of 11,000 or 8%, and Bay of Plenty was up 10,000 or 8%.

In Wellington, domestic guest nights fell 7000 or 4.5%, and in Northland they were down 4000 or 6%.

Auckland also gained international guest nights, with a lift of 2.4% or 6000, with Bay of Plenty up 9.2% or 9000.

West Coast had 15,000 or 19.7% fewer international guest nights, and Otago had 14,000 or 6.3% fewer.

Guest nights in hotels were up 65,000 or 6.7% in November from a year earlier, while backpacker accommodation had a rise of 2000 or 0.4%. Holiday parks were down 8000 or 2%, and motels fell 5000 or 0.7%.

The occupancy rate, excluding holiday parks, was 52%, 2 percentage points higher than November 2009.



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