11 July 2018
Over 2.5 million nights were spent in commercial accommodation in May 2018, Stats NZ said today. This number is up 1.6
percent from May 2017.
“This month’s increase builds on the stronger guest night growth we saw last May, when it rose 7.3 percent from May
2016,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.
“May is typically one of the quieter months for accommodation providers, as we head into cooler months,” Ms McKenzie
said. “This contrasts with the summer peak, when nearly twice as many guest nights are spent in commercial
The growth in total guest nights was driven by more domestic guest nights spent in accommodation across New Zealand, and
more international guest nights in the South Island. Together these increases offset a fall in international guest
nights in the North Island.
The accommodation survey collects data for guests staying in short-term commercial accommodation such as hotels, motels,
backpackers, and holiday parks. Hosted and private accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts and holiday homes, are
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