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Easter Boosts Guest Nights

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Easter Boosts Guest Nights

Total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation were 4 percent higher in April 2006 than in April 2005, Statistics New Zealand said today. The timing of Easter, which occurred in March in 2005, and April in 2006, contributed to this increase. This should be noted when comparing the figures for April 2006 with those for April 2005.

Guest nights for the two months ended April 2006 were 2 percent lower than for the same period in 2005.

Guest nights spent by international visitors were 1 percent lower in April 2006 than in April 2005, with guest nights for Japanese visitors recording the largest decrease. Domestic guest nights were 8 percent higher, boosted by the change in the timing of Easter.

In April 2006, guest nights were 1 percent higher in the North Island and 8 percent higher in the South Island, compared with April 2005. Nine of the twelve regions recorded more guest nights, with Otago and Canterbury recording the largest increases.

Hotels was the only accommodation type to record fewer guest nights in April 2006 than in April 2005.

Caravan parks/camping grounds and motels recorded the largest increases in guest nights.

Geoff Bascand Acting Government Statistician

ENDS

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