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Easter Affects April Guest Nights

Accommodation Survey: April 2005 — 9 June 2005

Easter Affects April Guest Nights

Total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation decreased 2 percent in April 2005 compared with April 2004, Statistics New Zealand said today. The change in timing of the Easter holidays, from April in 2004 to March in 2005, contributed to this decrease. However, guest nights for the two months ended April 2005, were 5 percent higher than for the two months ended April 2004.

Guest nights spent by international visitors were 2 percent higher in April 2005 than in April 2004. Visitors from UK and Ireland (up 14,000 or 6 percent) recorded the largest increase in international guest nights, while Australian visitors (down 21,000 or 6 percent) recorded the largest decrease. In April 2005, domestic guest nights were 5 percent lower than in April 2004.

In April 2005, guest nights remained at a similar level in the North Island, but decreased 5 percent in the South Island, compared with April 2004. Wellington, Waikato and Taranaki/Manawatu/ Wanganui were the only regions to record an increase in guest nights. For the two months ended April 2005, guest nights rose 6 percent in the North Island and 4 percent in the South Island, compared with the two months ended April 2004. All 12 regions recorded more guest nights.

Hotels and backpackers/hostels were the only accommodation types to record more guest nights in April 2005 than in April 2004. However, all five accommodation types recorded more guest nights in the two months ended April 2005 than in the two months ended April 2004.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

ENDS

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