Guest nights surpass 40 million for the first time

Queenstown building looks over lakes.

Guest nights spent in short-term commercial accommodation in the year ended September 2018 surpassed 40 million for the first time, according to Statistics NZ.

“Since guest nights reached 30 million 14 years ago, hotels have led the growth, accounting for more than a third of all guest nights in 2018,” said Melissa McKenzie, accommodation statistics manager, Statistics NZ.

“Annually, guests spent more nights in hotels than motels for the first time in 2008, when motel nights dipped during the global financial crisis. Since then, hotels have consistently been the largest provider of short-term commercial guest nights in New Zealand.”

Queenstown-Lakes district grew the most of all the regions in the last 14 years.

“Guest nights spent in Queenstown-Lakes district are now approaching levels seen in central Auckland,” said McKenzie.

Year-on-year, total guest nights in September 2018 rose 2.9 percent over September 2017.