Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

NZ guest nights come off Easter peak in April

NZ guest nights come off Easter peak in April, propped up by overseas visitors

By Paul McBeth

June 13 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand guest nights fell in April as an earlier Easter holiday kept a lid on domestic travel, while international visitor accommodation remained strong, especially in the South Island.

Total guest nights slipped 0.9 percent in April to 3.43 million stays from the same month a year earlier, a period bolstered by Easter weekend, Anzac Day and school holidays falling in the same month, Statistics New Zealand said. Domestic stays fell 3.4 percent to 1.873 million, while international guest nights gained 2.2 percent to 1.57 million.

"Easter fell partly in March this year, which boosted March statistics but had a dampening effect on April," Stats NZ accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said in a statement. "This year these events were more spread out.”

New Zealand has been enjoying record tourism numbers in recent years, although that's expected to go through a brief lull as airlines tinker with their capacity and youth travel slows down. National carrier Air New Zealand this week signalled price hikes on some international routes, having already raised prices on domestic flights where it dominates the local market.

Today's figures show South Island guest nights rose 5.5 percent to 1.5 million, driven by an 11 percent jump in foreign guest nights to 847,000. International stays in Queenstown rose to 237,587 in April from 216,531 a year earlier, with about 6,000 top-selling Chinese Amway reps spending five nights at the tourist destination in an incentive scheme. That helped offset a 5.4 percent fall in North Island stays to 1.93 million.

National hotel occupancy rates slipped to 70.9 percent in April from 73.2 percent a year earlier, while motels shrank to 62 percent from 63.2 percent. Backpacker occupancy rates fell 0.7 of a percentage point to 46.6 percent, while holiday parks were flat at 20 percent.

Annual guest nights were 39.89 million in the year through April at an occupancy rate of 45.14 percent across 3,056 establishments. That compares to 38.64 million guest nights at an occupancy rate of 44.06 percent across 3,099 establishments in the April 2017 year.

(BusinessDesk)

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Up 0.5%: GDP Growth Eases Slightly

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.5 percent in the March 2018 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 0.6 percent increase in the December 2017 quarter. Growth in service industries more than offset a fall in construction activity. More>>

ALSO:

Baby Formula: Fonterra Satisfied With Beingmate's Response To Error

Fonterra Cooperative Group is satisfied Beingmate Baby & Child Food is taking the right steps to deal with a labelling issue after getting caught out in a widespread audit by Chinese regulatory authorities. More>>

ALSO:

Adjusted, A Deficit: Current Account Turns To Surplus

New Zealand's current-account turned to a surplus in the first quarter, bolstered by the services balance as tourism remained strong. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Foreign Buyer Ban Gets Smoother Edges

Amendments to the government’s foreign buyer ban, if introduced, would give overseas investors more leeway to put money into New Zealand housing developments. More>>

ALSO:

Te Kuha: Govt Declines Application To Mine Conservation Land

An application to mine coal on public conservation land near Te Kuha in the Buller District has been declined, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Energy Resources Megan Woods announced today. More>>

ALSO: