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Guest nights fell in December but record numbers of international visitors are helping keep the overall trend positive.

There was a 0.2 per cent drop in guest nights for December, after a 1.7 per cent rise the month before, Statistics New Zealand said today.

The number of nights spent at hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation and holiday parks rose 0.4 per cent in the North Island, but dipped 1.2 per cent in the South Island.

Statistics NZ industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said the trend for guest nights was mostly rising, despite December's dip.

"These rises are helped by record numbers of international visitors," Cardno said.

The figures showed international guest nights rose 0.5 per cent in December, while domestic guest nights fell 0.8 per cent.

The rise in international guest nights followed a 5 per cent increase in November, which indicated the trend was showing signs of a turnaround having previously been in decline.

Compared to December 2012 international guest nights were up 4.5 per cent.

Statistics NZ said the overall trend for guest nights was at a record high, and continued to climb.

Overall guest nights were 3.3 per cent higher in December 2013 than for the same month a year earlier.

Nine of the 12 regions had rises, mostly recorded in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.

In December both hotels and holiday parks recorded a decrease in guest nights, while motels and backpackers rose.

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- Fairfax Media

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