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Queenstown hits record guest nights for August

Media release from Destination Queenstown
10 October 2013
Queenstown hits record guest nights for August
Statistics New Zealand’s latest research shows Queenstown’s guest nights hit an all time high in August 2013 compared with the same month last year.

According to the Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM), total visitor nights in August 2013 were up 14.6 percent to 282,273, an extra 35,914 guest nights compared with August 2012.

Both international and domestic guest nights in the region were up 14.6 percent for August 2013, the largest increase across the country. International guest nights rose to 189,752 and accounted for 67.2 percent of all guest nights for the month, while domestic guest nights grew to 92,521.

The year ending August 2013 compared with the prior year shows an 8.9 percent overall guest night increase in the region.

Hotels saw the highest visitor night growth for August 2013, up 16 percent compared to the same period last year. The occupancy rate for all accommodation sectors increased with hotels up 5.8% to 79.9 percent occupancy for the month.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd said the August results were very pleasing and continued a run of good growth in recent months.

“Having August results backing up a record July was very pleasing for a peak winter holiday period.”

The August 2013 Commercial Accommodation Monitor report for Queenstown is available on the Destination Queenstown website: http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/Media/Statistics2_md/.

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