Hotel guest nights up in August

Wednesday 10 October 2012, 1:47PM
By Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand guest nights (after removing seasonal variation) rose 2.6 percent in August 2012 compared with July 2012, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows a fall of 8.8 percent in July.

"Hotels were the only accommodation type to have a significant rise in seasonally adjusted guest nights," acting industry and labour statistics manager Clara Eatherley said.

Monthly movements for August 2012 (after removing seasonal variation) were:

  • Domestic guest nights rose 3.2 percent, while international guest nights fell 0.2 percent.
  • North Island guest nights rose 3.9 percent, while South Island guest nights were unchanged.
  • Hotel guest nights rose 7.1 percent, while other accommodation types showed little change.


The national trend for guest nights has generally been declining since December 2009. The trend for domestic guest nights is relatively flat in 2012, while the international guest nights trend appears to be rising since a low point in March this year. Trend movements can change when future months are added to the time series.

The Accommodation Survey records guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, and holiday parks in New Zealand each month.

For more information on monthly accommodation statistics, see the Accommodation Survey: August 2012; for visitor numbers, see International Travel and Migration.