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NZ tourism numbers increase in May

Wednesday 12/July/2017 - 12:21 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Yara Sameh

New Zealand national guest nights rose in May as the strong influx of tourists continued and domestic stays also pushed higher، sky news reported.

Total guest nights climbed 7.3 per cent to 2.5 million in April compared with the same month a year earlier، Statistics New Zealand says.

Domestic guest nights gained 6.4 per cent to 1.46 million while international guest nights rose 8.7 per cent to 1.04 million، the agency said.

Short-term visitor arrivals to New Zealand were up 8 per cent in May 2017 compared with May 2016، with the biggest change in arrivals being from Australia - up 12 per cent.

Seasonally adjusted guest nights for May 2017 fell 2.5 per cent compared with April 2017، retreating from some of the gains in March and April.

Regionally، Northland saw the strongest percentage gains، up 20 per cent from a year earlier to 107،000 guest nights in the month.

Guest nights in Canterbury rose 8.4 per cent، driven by more guest nights in the Mackenzie district and helped by Kaikoura guest nights recovering to similar levels as last year، down just 2.1 per cent versus the same month a year ago.

'In the months after the November 2016 earthquakes، commercial guest nights in Kaikoura were 30-to-80 per cent lower than the same months of the previous year،' accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

'It appears the combination of a slower winter month and construction workers staying in Kaikoura have helped May guest nights recover.'

Holiday parks saw a 15 per cent jump in guest nights، to 355،000، while motels saw a 9.8 per cent increase in guest nights to 791،000. Domestic travellers outnumbered international travellers in hotels، motels and holiday parks but there were more international travellers staying in backpackers، Stats NZ said.

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