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Accommodation Survey: November 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  17 January 2013
Commentary

All guest night movements are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise stated.

Trend movements may be amended when future months are added to the series. 

Guest nights fall in November 

Guest nights spent in short-term commercial accommodation fell 2.7 percent in November 2012 compared with October 2012. This follows a rise of 4.1 percent in October 2012.

The trend for national guest nights has been rising since April 2012. This is subject to change when data for future months is added to the series.

Unadjusted national guest nights fell in 10 of the country’s 12 regions in November 2012 when compared with November 2011. The fall was led by a decrease of 7.9 percent in the Otago region. The only increases were seen in Auckland (up 11.0 percent) and Wellington (up 1.9 percent).  

South Island guest nights fall 

South Island guest nights fell 6.8 percent in November 2012 compared with October 2012. This follows a 4.7 percent rise in October 2012. Otago guest nights made the largest contribution to the decrease.

The trend for South Island guest nights has been flat for more than a year. This is subject to change when data for future months is added to the series.

Unadjusted guest nights fell 5.5 percent in the South Island when compared with November 2011. All five regions in the South Island recorded a fall in unadjusted guest nights.

North Island guest nights rise

North Island guest nights rose 0.4 percent in November 2012 compared with October 2012. This follows a rise of 3.4 percent in October 2012.

The trend for North Island guest nights has been slowly rising for the past six months. This is subject to change when data for future months is added to the series.

Unadjusted guest nights rose 1.6 percent in the North Island in November 2012 when compared with November 2011. Auckland and Wellington were the only regions that had a rise in guest nights, outweighing falls in the other North Island regions. Several big events were hosted in Auckland in November 2012, including a Coldplay concert, which attracted more than 47,000 fans, on 10 November, a Radiohead concert on the 6th, and the Taste of Auckland food festival from the 15th to 18th. The world premiere of The Hobbit was held in Wellington on 28 November 2012.

Domestic guest nights fall

Domestic guest nights fell 1.5 percent in November 2012 compared with October 2012. This follows a 2.7 percent rise in October 2012.

The trend for domestic guest nights has been rising since December 2012. This is subject to change when data for future months is added to the series.

Unadjusted domestic guest nights were up 1.4 percent in November 2012 when compared with November 2011. The change was driven by increases in Auckland and Wellington, which were partly offset by decreases in the Bay of Plenty and Otago.

Domestic guests accounted for 57 percent of total guest nights in November 2012, up from 55 percent in November 2011.

International guest nights fall

International guest nights fell 3.0 percent in November 2012 compared with October 2012. This follows a significant rise of 10.2 percent in October 2012.

The trend for international guest nights has flattened in recent months. This is subject to change when data for future months is added to the series.

Unadjusted international guest nights fell in 10 of 12 regions in November 2012 compared with November 2011. The only increases were seen in Canterbury and the Bay of Plenty, which had shown the largest decreases in international guest nights in November 2011 when compared with November 2010.

More visitor arrivals in November

According to International Travel and Migration: November 2012 statistics, 232,100 short-term visitors arrived in New Zealand in November 2012. The biggest change in visitors by travel purpose between November 2011 and November 2012 was in arrivals visiting friends and relatives (up 1,700). These visitors may stay with friends or relatives rather than in commercial accommodation.

After removing seasonal variation, short-term visitor arrivals were up 1.7 percent for November 2012 when compared with October 2012.   

Guest nights for all accommodation types fall

Guest night changes for November 2012 compared with October 2012 were:

  • motel guest nights fell 2.6 percent
  • hotel guest nights fell 2.0 percent
  • backpacker accommodation guest nights fell 1.5 percent
  • holiday park guest nights fell 1.4 percent.

The trend for guest nights spent in hotel accommodation has been increasing since December 2011.

The trend for guest nights spent in holiday park accommodation continues to decline since July 2011.

Accommodation capacity down

Available capacity in short-term accommodation was 4.2 million stay-unit nights in November 2012. This is down 0.3 percent from November 2011.

The capacity changes for November 2012 compared with November 2011 were:

  • backpacker accommodation increased 4.0 percent
  • hotels increased 0.2 percent
  • motels were unchanged
  • holiday parks decreased 2.9 percent  

Occupancy rate down

The occupancy rate, excluding holiday parks, was down 1.9 percentage points to 53.0 percent in November 2012 compared with November 2011. 

The occupancy rate for motels fell 2.9 percentage points, while for backpacker accommodation it fell 2.1 percentage points, hotels it fell 0.3 percentage points, and holiday parks it fell 0.2 percentage points.

Hotels had the highest occupancy rate (62.5 percent) in November 2012, followed by motels (53.2 percent), and backpacker accommodation (41.8 percent). Holiday parks’ occupancy rate remained the lowest (13.4 percent).

For more detailed data from the Accommodation Survey, see the Excel tables in the 'Downloads' box.

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