Domestic guest nights increasing
Domestic guest numbers are on the rise in Marlborough after five years of steady declines, new figures show.
The number of domestic guest nights in the region was up 13,116 last year compared with 2012, according to figures released last week by Statistics New Zealand.
Domestic guest nights in the region hit 365,639 in 2013, although this figure is still down on 2008, when they peaked at 391,790.
International guest nights also increased last year to 305,700, up 15,000 from the previous year.
However, total international and domestic guest nights in the region have dropped by 40,662 since 2008.
Domestic guest nights made up most of the decline, 26,151, while international guest nights decreased 14,508.
The total number of guest nights in Marlborough last year was 671,337 compared with 711,999 six years ago.
These figures show the number of guests staying in hotels, motels, backpackers and holiday parks.
Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston said it was reassuring to see a sustained positive trend in guest nights in commercial accommodation in Marlborough.
She said the economic slump of 2008 as well as the Christchurch earthquakes were probably behind the steep drop.
"These figures reflect the challenges New Zealand has faced as a result of the global financial crisis and more specifically the South Island as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes, where visitor flows were severely impacted."
The Marlborough Express