Record 40.4 million guest nights

Guests spent over 40 million nights, a new high, in hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks in the year ended June 2019, Stats NZ said today.

“While Kiwi guest nights continue to grow, international guest nights in commercial accommodation are trending down, as they have been for the past seven months,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

In the June 2019 year, total guest nights were 40.4 million, up 1.3 percent on the June 2018 year. Annual guest nights first exceeded 40 million in September 2018 and have generally grown over the nine months since then.

The latest year included a record 23.2 million domestic guest nights and 17.2 million international guest nights. Compared with the June 2018 year, domestic guest nights rose 3.9 percent, while international guest nights fell 2.1 percent.

Annual international guest nights peaked at 17.6 million in the year ended May 2018. This period includes the month of June 2017 which was boosted by the Lions Rugby Tour. International guest nights in the year ended June 2019 are 2.5 percent lower than the May 2018 peak.

Domestic International
2008 15981000 12464000
2009 18671000 13049000
2010 18758000 13579000
2011 18927000 12905000
2012 19146000 12607000
2013 19277000 12693000
2014 20289000 13423000
2015 21092000 14414000
2016 21953300 15612000
2017 22043000 16916000
2018 22337000 17553000
2019 23220000 17190000

Guest nights rise in June 2019

In the month of June 2019, compared with June 2018, total guest nights rose 1.3 percent to 2.3 million. This was driven by a 3.8 percent rise in domestic guest nights, offsetting a 3.0 percent fall in international guest nights.

International guest nights have been falling for seven months in a row, when compared with the same month in the previous year. This coincides with a fall in visitor arrivals from Asia.

“June is the quietest month of the year for commercial accommodation in New Zealand. Typically, guest nights pick up with the winter ski season and school holidays in July,” Ms McKenzie said.

Guest nights 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Jan 4565950 4843891 4899455 4969120 4967720
Feb 3704638 3965513 3949127 4030944 4015374
Mar 3551985 3987842 3866041 4176455 4008009
Apr 3124021 3239579 3462094 3430091 3604648
May 2338377 2329676 2500827 2541156 2563153
Jun 1933195 2163171 2309165 2267738 2297971
Jul 2467016 2636046 2673433 2677385
Aug 2300740 2449012 2440597 2524181
Sep 2475619 2633664 2669511 2747884
Oct 2833487 3004062 3146797 3268352
Nov 3106997 3265113 3405683 3535107
Dec 3851869 3983330 4141700 4198568

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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