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NZ guest nights fall in September, led by overseas visitors

NZ guest nights fall in September as international visitor numbers dwindle

By Paul McBeth

Nov. 12 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand guest nights fell in September as locals failed to pick up the slack from dwindling international visitor numbers.

Total guest nights at short-term commercial accommodation fell 3.6 percent to 2.11 million in September, compared to the same month a year earlier, and were down 1.4 percent from August, according to Statistics New Zealand.

That was led by a 28 percent plunge in international visitor nights to 709,000 from the same month a year ago, when New Zealand accommodation was bolstered by the Rugby World Cup. International visitor nights were down 4.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted 956,000 from August.

"The trend for international guest nights has been generally falling since a high point in September 2011," Statistics NZ said in its report.

Government figures showed the number of short-term visitors shrank 19 percent to 179,100 in September from a year earlier, when the country was flooded by fans for the Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand tourism has been struggling to cope with a resiliently high currency and increasing costs of long-haul travel, which have tarnished the appeal of a holiday in the South Pacific. That's seen national carrier Air New Zealand streamline its routes and team-up with government agencies to target key markets.

Today's figures showed domestic guest nights were up 16 percent to 1.4 million from September 2011, though down 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from a month earlier. Locals tended to shy away from short-term accommodation last year during the Rugby World Cup.

Hotel guest nights rose 2.3 percent to 809,000 in September from the same month a year earlier, and motels, motor inns, and apartments reported a 0.8 percent gain in guest nights to 869,000.

Backpackers showed a 16 percent drop in guest nights to 261,000 and holiday parks reported a 15 percent drop in guest nights to 294,000 from September 2011.

Accommodation capacity shrank 2 percent to 4.1 million in the year, while occupancy rates, excluding holiday parks, fell 2.3 percentage points to 43.5 percent.

(BusinessDesk)

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