America’s Cup comparison will make Auckland gain short-lived
Hotel occupancy improved in September after 6 tough months, with a 3.4% gain in guest nights & 2.6% rise in occupancy rate on a 0.6% rise in capacity.
Across the whole short-term accommodation sector, Statistics NZ said guest nights were up 4.7% & occupancy up 3.7% on a capacity rise of 0.2%.
Total guest nights were 2.05 million, occupancy (excluding camping/caravans) was 48.5%.
Hotel occupancy was 52.8%, just ahead of motels at 52.5%. The motel occupancy rate was up 3.4% on a 6.5% rise in guest nights & 2.2% capacity gain.
In the backpacker sector, occupancy rose 0.2% to 40.3% on a 5.6% rise in guest nights & 5.8% capacity gain.
Auckland occupancy (excluding camping/caravans) was 58.7%, up 2.5%. It’s likely to be well down over the next couple of months because of the influence of the America’s Cup last summer.
Northland occupancy rose 10.6% to 35.1%, Taranaki, Manawatu & Wanganui 5.7% to 43.5%, Wellington 6.8% to 61.3%. Otago occupancy was 2.8% ahead at 54.8%. Nelson, Marlborough & Tasman occupancy fell 5.4% to 39.3%.