South Island demand lifts September guest nights

Total New Zealand guest nights rose by 1.4% to 2.67 million in September compared to the same month last year, driven by South Island hotels and backpackers as North Island guest nights dipped.

The South Island had a busy month for short-term commercial accommodation in September 2017, according to Stats NZ’s accommodation survey for September.

When compared with September 2016, the South Island recorded increases for both international and domestic guest nights, up 3.4% and 7% respectively. South Island hotels and backpackers recorded the largest increases in guest nights, with motels and holiday parks also increasing.

“South Island guest nights stood out this month,” said Stats NZ’s accommodation statistics manager, Melissa McKenzie.

“When compared with the same month of the previous year, South Island guest nights have increased six months in a row, following a brief period of falls influenced by the Kaikōura earthquake.”

The continuous growth over the last six months had been reflected in almost every region in the South Island. In the year to September 2017, 39 million guest nights were spent in accommodation in New Zealand – 15.8 million in the South Island, and 23.2 million in the North Island.

Total domestic guest nights grew by 2,000 or 0.1% to 1.64 million while international guest nights were up 34,000 or 3.4% to 1.03 million.

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