MIL OSI – Source: Statistics New Zealand – Guest nights rise in February

National guest nights for February 2015 were 5.4 percent higher than in February 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the 11th consecutive month of rises.

“Most of the increase in February was from international guest nights,” business indicators manager Neil Kelly said. “Visitor numbers to New Zealand were boosted by the Chinese New Year and Cricket World Cup.”

Also for February 2015 compared with February 2014:

  • North Island guest nights were up 4.3 percent, and South Island guest nights were up 6.8 percent.
  • Domestic guest nights were up 2.5 percent, and international guest nights were up 8.6 percent.
  • All 12 regional areas had higher guest nights.
  • All four accommodation types had higher guest nights.

For the year ended February 2015, national guest nights were up 5.3 percent from the February 2014 year.

After removing seasonal variation, national guest nights rose 2.4 percent in February 2015, compared with January 2015. This follows a 1.1 percent fall in January. The trend for national guest nights continued to rise.

The Accommodation Survey collects data for guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, and holiday parks in New Zealand each month.

See Accommodation Survey: February 2015 for more information on monthly accommodation statistics.

See International Travel and Migration: February 2015 for visitor numbers.

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.