Guest nights rise in October

Last updated 11:25 11/12/2013

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The number of foreign visitors staying in hotels and motels fell sharply in October, but a rising number of New Zealanders more than made up for it.

Total guest nights in October were up 0.5 per cent after a 2.2 per cent drop in September.

Domestic guest nights were up 2.6 per cent, but international guest nights dropped 3.6 per cent in the month.

Statistics New Zealand said the trend for national guest nights remained at a record high level, but the rate of growth may be slowing.

"There is a mixed picture with guest-night trend movements," Statistics New Zealand industry and labour statistics manager Clara Eatherley said.

"Trends are rising for both main islands and for domestic guest nights but are falling for international guest nights and most accommodation types."

After accounting for usual seasonal variations, North Island guest nights fell 1.1 per cent and South Island guest nights rose 2.7 per cent in the month.

Overall, guest nights rose for holiday parks and backpacker accommodation, but fell for hotels and motels.

The accommodation survey records the number of guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation and holiday parks in New Zealand each month.

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- Fairfax Media

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