Guest nights still increasing

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Last updated 11:48 12/03/2014

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Guest nights rose 0.1 per cent in January but the overall trend is starting to flatten at record highs.

Statistics New Zealand figures today showed nights spent in accommodation had risen during January, after a 0.2 per cent decrease the month before.

Guest nights by domestic travellers and those spent in North Island accommodation both rose, but were showing signs of easing after a year of growth.

Industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said most trends were rising, but other indicators showed mixed results.

North Island guest nights rose 0.5 per cent in January, but South Island nights spent in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation and holiday parks fell 0.4 per cent.

Domestic guest nights rose 0.6 per cent but the number of international nights spent in accommodation was flat.

International guest nights had risen 0.6 per cent in December, but barely rose during January.

Year-on-year international guest nights for January had risen 7.8 per cent, predominantly in Otago and Auckland.

Hotels were the most popular accommodation type during January, rising 2.6 per cent.

Nights spent in motels, backpackers, and holiday parks, however, all fell.

Overall the trend appeared to be peaking at a record high level, Statistics New Zealand said.

Compared to January of 2013 guest nights had risen 6.1 per cent nationally, with 11 of 12 regions recording rises.

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- Fairfax Media

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