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Accommodation Survey: July 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  12 September 2017
Key facts

For July 2017 compared with July 2016:

  • National guest nights were up 37,000 (1.4 percent) to 2,673,000.
  • Domestic guest nights were up 20,000 (1.2 percent) to 1,649,000.
  • International guest nights were up 17,000 (1.7 percent) to 1,024,000.

Guest nights increased for three of the four accommodation types:

  • hotels – up 17,000 (1.6 percent) to 1,098,000
  • motels – up 21,000 (2.4 percent) to 910,000
  • backpackers – down 10,000 (2.9 percent) to 330,000
  • holiday parks – up 8,000 (2.6 percent) to 336,000.

Guest nights were up in 9 of the 12 regional areas. The largest increases were in:

  • Bay of Plenty – up 14,000 (5.4 percent) to 270,000
  • Canterbury – up 10,000 (2.8 percent) to 354,000
  • Taranaki, Manawatu, Wanganui – up 8,000 (5.3 percent) to 153,000.

The largest decreases were in:

  • Waikato – down 2,000 (0.8 percent) to 215,000
  • Northland – down 2,000 (1.7 percent) to 91,000
  • Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman – down 1,000 (0.6 percent) to 106,000.

Seasonally adjusted guest nights fell 4.9 percent in July 2017 compared with June 2017, following a 6.0 percent rise in June. The trend continued to increase, and is at its highest-ever level.

For the year ended July 2017, there were 38,995,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,261,000 (3.3 percent) from the previous July year.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0207
12 September 2017

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