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Guest Nights Trend Continues to Increase

Guest Nights Trend Continues to Increase

The underlying trend in total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation has been increasing from June 1998, according to Statistics New Zealand. The total guest nights trend is 7 percent higher in November 2002, when compared with November 2001. Actual total guest nights increased 10 percent to 2.5 million in November 2002, compared with November 2001.

Eleven of the 12 regions recorded more guest nights in November 2002 than in November 2001.

The Auckland region recorded the most significant increase in guest nights, with an increase of 22 percent. Guest nights in the North Island were up 11 percent, while guest nights in the South Island were up 10 percent in November 2002, compared with November 2001.

All 12 regions recorded higher occupancy rates, excluding caravan parks/camping grounds, in November 2002 than in November 2001. The Auckland region recorded the largest growth in occupancy rates, up 18 percent when comparing the two November months. The Auckland region also recorded the highest monthly occupancy rate for any region since the survey began in July 1996, with an occupancy rate of 77 percent.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

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