‘The decline in domestic guest nights was particularly noticeable for moteliers in the South Island,’ says business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly.
‘In contrast, domestic guest nights for North Island holiday parks were stronger than February last year.’
The figures show falls in South Island and Canterbury guest nights were again impacted by decreases in Kaikōura. Guest nights in Kaikōura were 51% lower than in February 2016, however, the number of accommodation providers open continued to increase.
The national hotel occupancy rate reached a record 81% in February. This was caused by a small decrease in capacity, outweighing the decline in guest nights. There is now a decreasing trend in hotel guest nights, and indications of slowing trends for both international and domestic guest nights.