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Lions Tour Drives Guest Nights Increase

Lions Tour Drives Guest Nights Increase

Total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation were 7 percent higher in June 2005 compared with June 2004, Statistics New Zealand said today. The British and Irish Lions rugby tour will have been a major contributor to this increase in guest nights.

External migration figures for June 2005 show there were 15,800 more visitors from the United Kingdom and Ireland in June 2005 than in June 2004. The daily visitor arrivals data shows that the majority of this increase took place in the five days up to, and including, the peak day of 24 June.

The first test match was held on 25 June.

The Accommodation Survey does not include figures for guests who stayed in private or temporary accommodation, such as cruise ships and campervan sites that were specifically set up for the Lions tour.

Nine of the 12 regions recorded more guest nights in June 2005 than in June 2004. Canterbury recorded the largest increase, followed by Wellington and Otago. These three regions all hosted Lions rugby matches during June, with Canterbury hosting the first test match.

All five accommodation types showed more guest nights in June 2005 than in the previous June month, with hotels showing the largest increase, followed by backpackers/hostels and motels.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician


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