Hotel nights drive accommodation growth in 2018
Guests spent over half a million more nights in hotels in 2018 than the year before, driving overall growth for short-term commercial accommodation, Stats NZ said today.
In the year ended December 2018, guests spent 40.4 million nights in hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks, up 2.3 percent from 39.5 million in 2017. Over half of that growth was from nights spent in hotels, which numbered 14.5 million.
The growth in hotel guest nights was supported by increased capacity. Nearly 1,600 more hotel rooms were available by December 2018 than in December 2017. Even with more rooms available, the occupancy rate for hotels remained relatively high (falling slightly from 69.8 percent in 2017, to 69.2 percent in 2018), reflecting more nights spent in hotels.