Record Hotel Guest Nights
Latest results from Statistics New Zealand's Accommodation Survey show that in November 2000 hotels recorded their highest monthly total for guest nights since the survey began in July 1996. All accommodation types had higher guest nights in November 2000 compared with November 1999. During this period hotel guest nights increased 9 per cent to 0.8 million.
Guests spent 2.2 million nights in all accommodation types during November 2000. This was 7 per cent higher than in November 1999.
There was a 9 per cent rise in South Island guest nights between the two November months, while in the North Island guest nights increased 5 per cent.
The national hotel occupancy rate was 66 per cent in November 2000, the second highest recorded since the survey began. The highest rate was recorded in February 2000. The Wellington region had the highest hotel occupancy rate with 78 per cent in November 2000, closely followed by Auckland with 76 per cent.
Ian Ewing DEPUTY GOVERNMENT STATISTICIAN