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Stats say hotel guests on the rise in New Zealand

Dec 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News

More Kiwis but fewer international guests are using our hotels, latest statistics show.

While international guest nights fell by about 10% in the year to October, domestic guests increased nationally by 16%, figures issued by Statistics New Zealand say.

Generally, things are looking good for the industry, with the number of people staying in short-term commercial accommodation increasing by 4% this year.

The biggest jump was in the Wellington region, where overnight stays rose by 16%.

Auckland and Canterbury increased in popularity for domestic guests, with 25% and 15% increases in guest nights respectively.

Travel and migration statistics show 8% more international visitors came to visit friends and family, while people visiting on business or holiday both dropped by 9%.

Hotels are the most popular form of accommodation in New Zealand at 35%, closely followed by motels at 34% and caravan parks/camping grounds at 16%.

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