June A Record Breaker For Guest Nights In Queenstown
Queenstown had a record breaking start to winter according to the latest Statistics New Zealand research, with an almost 30 percent increase in international visitor nights.
Released yesterday, the Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) showed that Queenstown had the largest increase in the country with total guest nights up 17.7 percent to 168,430 for June 2013 compared with the same period last year. June 2010 was the previous record holder for the month’s guest nights at 144,440.
International guest nights rose 28.4 percent to 106,023 with an extra 23,444 nights for the month, accounting for 62.9 percent of all guest nights to the region. Domestic guest nights were up 3.2 percent to 62,408. Growth was experienced across all accommodation sectors.
Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd was delighted with the strong start to winter.
“The winter season got off to a great start in June with all ski areas opening on schedule with very good snow conditions. The month started with the Queen’s birthday weekend holiday and finished on a high with a very successful American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.
“The guest night increase is largely due to average stay nights increasing, so people staying longer. That’s a trend we’d like to see continue.”
For the year ended June 2013, total guest
nights for the region increased by 7.2 percent to 2,648,905
compared with the previous year.
The June 2013 Commercial Accommodation Monitor report for Queenstown is available on the Destination Queenstown website: http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/Media/Statistics2_md/.