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Queenstown enjoys strong start to winter

Media release from Destination Queenstown
10 August 2012

Queenstown enjoys strong start to winter

Queenstown’s June visitor numbers showed a strong start to winter according to Statistics New Zealand figures released today (10 August).

The Commercial Accommodation Monitor for June 2012 showed overall guest nights up 19.3 percent to 143,063 compared with June 2011.

International guest nights were up 12.9 percent to 82,579, accounting for 57.7 percent of all guest nights in the Queenstown area, and domestic guest nights increased 29.3 percent to 60,484 for the same period.

Hotels and motels/apartments were the key sectors to benefit, showing a strong increase of 22 percent in visitor nights.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd said overall it was a very pleasing result.

“We had a good strong start to winter and it’s great to see increases in both international and Kiwi visitors. These figures also align closely with increases in both domestic and international airport arrivals for June.

“Remembering that in 2011 we also had travel disruptions from the Chilean volcanic ash and low early snowfall, it’s good to see a continued recovery in 2012.”

ENDS

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