North Island guest nights drive December rise

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

North Island guest nights drove growth in accommodation in December 2016, Statistics NZ said today. Overall national guest nights for December 2016 were 3.4 percent higher than in December 2015.
North Island guest nights drive December rise
6 March 2017

North Island guest nights drove growth in accommodation in December 2016, Statistics NZ said today. Overall national guest nights for December 2016 were 3.4 percent higher than in December 2015.

“North Island guest nights were 5.3 percent higher than in December 2015,” business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said.

For December 2016, compared with December 2015:
• International guest nights were up 7.5 percent, and domestic guest nights were up 0.3 percent.
• North Island guest nights were up 5.3 percent, and South Island guest nights were up 0.9 percent.
• Eleven of the 12 regional areas had more guest nights.
• Three of the four accommodation types had more guest nights.

The Accommodation Survey collects data for guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, and holiday parks in New Zealand each month. Private accommodation is excluded.

See also:

Kaikoura guest nights down 80 percent in December as accommodation halved
Accommodation Survey: December 2016 for more information on monthly accommodation statistics
International Travel and Migration: December 2016 for visitor numbers.

Delay to the release

Due to the 14 November 2016 earthquake, we delayed this release from its scheduled date of 10 February 2017. The delay ensures the information is produced to its usual quality level. We are releasing January 2017 results on 20 March 2017.
For more information about these statistics:

• Visit Accommodation Survey: December 2016

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