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Guest Nights Trend Remains Flat

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Guest Nights Trend Remains Flat

Guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation were 3 percent higher in September 2006 than in September 2005, Statistics New Zealand said today. However, the trend has been flattening since October 2004, following a period of increases that began in July 1998.

In September 2006, guest nights were 5 percent higher in the North Island and 1 percent higher in the South Island compared with the previous September. Nine of the 12 regions recorded more guest nights, with Wellington, Taranaki/Manawatu-Wanganui and Canterbury recording the largest increases.

All five accommodation types showed more guest nights in September 2006 than in the previous September, with motels showing the largest increase.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

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