Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017
New Zealand attracted a record number of international tourists in January 2017 that catapulted the national guest nights by 1.1% to 4.9 million as compared to the same month last year, according to Statistics New Zealand.
The number of international guest nights increased by 6.9% to a record 2.1 million.
And, the number of domestic guest nights slumped by 2.7% to 2.8 million as more Kiwis travelled abroad, as per the agency. The regional accommodation sector of this country has been witnessing new levels of migration and tourism thanks to the overwhelming number of tourist arrivals.
Tourism New Zealand that is the tourism marketing body of the government has stopped advertising the nation as a travel destination during the summer season.
This is because of the concerns regarding the infrastructure of the country that has started reaching its maximum capacity. Nearly 35% of the foreign visitors of New Zealand generally arrive during the three months of summer.
Therefore, the government is encouraging investment into new hotels through its ‘project palace’ initiative that helps identify opportunities for investors.
The latest statistics portray that nine of the 12 regional areas of New Zealand had more guest nights in the month of January. The Hawke’s Bay-Gisborne area had the largest increase with a 9.9% rise in the guest nights.
In Auckland the guest nights had fallen and so did it occur in Wellington.
This is because the lower domestic guest nights led to a natural increase in international guest nights.
The guest nights in Canterbury had declined on account of a 61% fall in Kaikoura guest nights immediately after the November earthquakes, according to StatsNZ. The guest nights rose for three of four accommodation types in the month of January.
Motels were up by 2.1%, while the holiday parks were up by almost 2.7% and the backpackers were up by 1.4%.