Thursday, December 11, 2008

Domestic guest nights drive October increase

Unfortunately occupancy for motels in October dropped from 51.4% to 49.9% (a 2.7% decrease).

11 December 2008

Total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation increased 4 percent in October 2008 compared with October 2007, Statistics New Zealand said today. This increase in guest nights follows decreases in five of the previous six months when compared with the same month the previous year.

The increase is largely due to a 16 percent increase in domestic guest nights, although this was partly offset by an 11 percent decrease in international guest nights.

In 2008, the third-term school holidays continued later into October than in 2007, but the exact effect cannot be measured.

Guest nights increased in four of the five accommodation types in October 2008 compared with October 2007. Hotels had the largest increase, up 48,000 (6 percent), followed by caravan parks/camping grounds, up 40,000 (11 percent).

In October 2008, nine of the 12 regions had more guest nights, with Wellington and Auckland showing the largest increases.

The trend in total guest nights has been decreasing since November 2007, after increasing from February 2006.

See also the Hot Off The Press information release Accommodation Survey: October 2008 [PDF}.
and xl spreadsheet of results asoct08tables.xls

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