Fall in international guest nights continues

For the sixth consecutive month, international guests spent fewer nights in hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks compared with the same month a year ago, Stats NZ said today.

“In May 2019, international guest nights were down 7.4 percent, falling for the sixth month in a row,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

“This may indicate that international guests are choosing hosted or other accommodation not captured in the accommodation survey.”

Guest nights 2016 2017 2018 2019
Jan 1921161 2054537 2117813 2088517
Feb 1948236 1963320 2092637 2026586
Mar 1838734 1837951 1996067 1882162
Apr 1413337 1536088 1569372 1480938
May 959551 1043047 1047474 970273
Jun 786991 897622 824407
Jul 1006967 1024216 989310
Aug 938027 948419 952679
Sep 996925 1030456 1046180
Oct 1241751 1303650 1314205
Nov 1585153 1673546 1730166
Dec 1813842 1926411 1908866

“May is typically one of the quieter months for commercial accommodation, with little more than half the guest nights seen in summer months,” Ms McKenzie said.

“Kiwis staying in holiday parks and hotels in May helped keep total guest nights up, despite the drop in international guests.”

In May 2019, total guest nights rose 0.9 percent as Kiwis spent 6.6 percent more nights in commercial accommodation than the same month last year. This increase offset the fall in overseas guest nights.

Origin Domestic International Total
2014 1431000 785000 2216000
2015 1464000 875000 2338000
2016 1370000 960000 2330000
2017 1458000 1043000 2501000
2018 1494000 1047000 2541000
2019 1593000 970000 2563000

In the year ended May 2019, total guest nights rose 1.1 percent to 40,378,000 from the May 2018 year. This is the lowest annual guest night growth for almost six years, apart from a 0.6 percent rise in the year ended March 2019.

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 excluded.

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