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ADP: Monthly hotel guest nights break through million mark
28 Nov 2022   /

ADP: Monthly hotel guest nights break through million mark

Hotel guest nights across New Zealand in October 2022 surpassed the million mark for the first time since the pandemic started.


Lights out for Jucy Snooze as EVT’s LyLo launches
25 Nov 2022   /

Lights out for Jucy Snooze as EVT’s LyLo launches

The operator says it is seeing “huge demand” for the lifestyle budget accommodation experience in Australia and expects New Zealand to follow.


Banks too slow to provide accounts for working holidaymakers – BYATA
8 Nov 2022   /

Banks too slow to provide accounts for working holidaymakers – BYATA

The Backpacker Youth Adventure Travel Association (BYATA) of New Zealand is asking major banks why they are preventing international working holidaymakers from receiving bank accounts.


Hostel outlook: Good times ahead after “brutal” pandemic
31 Aug 2022   /

Hostel outlook: Good times ahead after “brutal” pandemic

But cost pressures and corporate competition could shape the recovery for operators.


ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return
29 Aug 2022   /

ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return

International guest nights across NZ increased 135% in July, with southern regions benefitting.


Value of youth travellers extends beyond single trip – BYATA
25 Aug 2022   /

Value of youth travellers extends beyond single trip – BYATA

Youth travellers spend more on average than Australian visitors and it is their lifetime value that is the real benefit.


BYATA conference to highlight value of youth in tourism rebuild
22 Aug 2022   /

BYATA conference to highlight value of youth in tourism rebuild

More than 100 people are expected at the conference in Auckland next week, which is based on the theme of embracing high-value youth within the rebuild of tourism.


BYATA welcomes Tomahawk support for 2022 conference
22 Jul 2022   /

BYATA welcomes Tomahawk support for 2022 conference

The Backpacker Youth Adventure Tourism Association conference has welcomed back Tomahawk as its gold sponsor for its 2022 conference.


Jucy Snooze wakes from NZ slumber
22 Jun 2022   /

Jucy Snooze wakes from NZ slumber

The operator reopens its hostels tomorrow, with strong demand and new patterns of bookings coming through.


NZ getting “absolutely smashed” by Aus – BYATA’s Westwood
1 Jun 2022   /

NZ getting “absolutely smashed” by Aus – BYATA’s Westwood

New Zealand tourism needs to step up and fight for overseas markets, says the association’s inaugural president.


Ski fields, hostel partner for staff accommodation
25 May 2022   /

Ski fields, hostel partner for staff accommodation

Cardrona and Treble Cone have teamed up with Wānaka Backpackers Bothy to provide mountain staff accommodation for the 2022 winter ski season.


Bumpy road ahead as hostels welcome return of WHVs
15 Mar 2022   /

Bumpy road ahead as hostels welcome return of WHVs

Despite the WHV scheme being back on the table, it will still be a rough year ahead for the hostel and youth sector, warns NZHA chair Brett Duncan.


Working holiday visa hurdles handbrake on arrivals – BYATA
28 Feb 2022   /

Working holiday visa hurdles handbrake on arrivals – BYATA

Almost 20k of the visas were approved before the borders shut and allowing them in could help alleviate worker shortages.


No backpackers or hostels for arrivals – govt
16 Feb 2022   /

No backpackers or hostels for arrivals – govt

Accommodation with shared facilities will not be permitted to host visitors once the border eases.


Investors from NZ, abroad eyeing former YHA hostels
10 Feb 2022   / /

Investors from NZ, abroad eyeing former YHA hostels

There has been good interest among both domestic and international parties for the group of YHA-managed hostels that closed doors in December, says the agent charged with selling the properties.


Working holiday scheme offers hope for labour-short operators
8 Feb 2022   /

Working holiday scheme offers hope for labour-short operators

The first significant impact on the labour problem within the tourist industry could be provided by the return of working holiday makers from 13 March.


BYATA urges changes to govt’s re-opening plans
2 Dec 2021   /

BYATA urges changes to govt’s re-opening plans

The Backpacking Youth Travel Association of New Zealand says it wants sweeping changes to the government’s recently announced plans to reopen New Zealand to the world.


Hostel industry on “verge of collapse” with 53% of beds gone – report
1 Dec 2021   /

Hostel industry on “verge of collapse” with 53% of beds gone – report

More than a third of businesses have shut with another 22% hibernating, says the New Zealand Hostels Association.


ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops
29 Nov 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops

The occupancy rate for the year to October was 39%, with 94% coming from domestic guest nights.


What operators need to know about traffic light system
26 Nov 2021   /

What operators need to know about traffic light system

How tourism businesses operate under the traffic light settings in the Covid-19 Protection Framework depends on the specific industry.


YHA NZ to shut – all hostels close on 15 December
25 Nov 2021   /

YHA NZ to shut – all hostels close on 15 December

In a “sad day for YHA and for tourism in NZ” the closures will end 89 years of operations.


What about accommodation? Accor urges govt action on mandatory vaccination
3 Nov 2021   /

What about accommodation? Accor urges govt action on mandatory vaccination

The country’s biggest hotel group calls for legal cover to allow operators to act.


ADP: Occupancy falls to new low, average nights stayed jumps
28 Oct 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy falls to new low, average nights stayed jumps

Occupancy rates in September at accommodation types nationwide were down to 21.2% for the month despite a move to level 2 outside Auckland, marking another record low since the Accommodation Data Programme (ADP) began in mid-2020.


…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale
27 Sep 2021  

…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale

An iconic Taupō tourist attraction selected less than a year ago by the government as a strategic asset worthy of a $500,000 grant is now on the market.


ADP: August occupancy dives to 27% as lockdown hits
27 Sep 2021   /

ADP: August occupancy dives to 27% as lockdown hits

Hotels recorded occupancy for the month of just 38% – the best of all accommodation types.


Jucy Snooze eyes Australia, preps for growth with return of Tim Alpe
22 Sep 2021  

Jucy Snooze eyes Australia, preps for growth with return of Tim Alpe

The Jucy co-founder is back at the helm of the accommodation business after EVENT Hospitality takes full control.


Sanders’ Haka Tourism to become Drifter in A$500m hotel play
3 Sep 2021   /

Sanders’ Haka Tourism to become Drifter in A$500m hotel play

Drifter Hospitality Group plans to target the premium millennial market with hybrid hotels across Asia Pacific.


ADP: Wellington, Manawatū get best of July school holiday bump
30 Aug 2021   /

ADP: Wellington, Manawatū get best of July school holiday bump

But average occupancy in the year to July 2021 across all commercial accommodation types was only 42%.


Youth sector shifting from ‘survival to recovery’ mode – BYATA
13 Aug 2021   /

Youth sector shifting from ‘survival to recovery’ mode – BYATA

A move from survival mode to recovery and new industry partnerships have been highlighted at the Backpacker, Youth and Adventure Tourism Association’s 2021 update.


ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot
27 Jul 2021   /

ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot

Around 11% of core tourism accommodation properties were closed or had no guests during June due to a combination of seasonal closures and the effects of Covid-19 on guest numbers.


Residents evacuated in backpackers blaze
20 Jul 2021   /

Residents evacuated in backpackers blaze

West Coast hostel Bazil’s Backpackers and Surf School suffers major damage after a fire broke out overnight.


ADP: May occupancy falls, Fiordland suffers most
28 Jun 2021   /

ADP: May occupancy falls, Fiordland suffers most

Fiordland recorded the lowest occupancy nationally, with 16.8%, down from 27.8% in April.


Historic Whanganui riverside accommodation for sale
9 Jun 2021  

Historic Whanganui riverside accommodation for sale

Villa has 14 rooms and was formerly used as a maternity hospital.


Accommodation spend falls 26% in March year
25 May 2021   /

Accommodation spend falls 26% in March year

Accommodation spending for the year to March 2021 fell to $3.41bn, down 25.5% on the previous 12 month period, says Stats NZ.


Value of hotels, motels consents falls 55% in March
10 May 2021   /

Value of hotels, motels consents falls 55% in March

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation in March 2021 was $27m, down 55% for the same month in 2020, according to Stats NZ.


ADP: March occupancy falls with season end
29 Apr 2021   /

ADP: March occupancy falls with season end

Hotel guest nights beat holiday parks and campgrounds for the first time in several months.


Herwegh Vonk: Why I bought portfolio of YHA hostels during tourism crisis
30 Mar 2021   /

Herwegh Vonk: Why I bought portfolio of YHA hostels during tourism crisis

New hostel portfolio owner Wolf Herwegh Vonk on his $30m deal with YHA.


ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end
25 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end

Manawatū was the top performer for the month seeing occupancy rise to 60%.


YHA banks $30m but operators shy on sale and leaseback
11 Mar 2021   /

YHA banks $30m but operators shy on sale and leaseback

Sale and leaseback offers a way to unlock capital for accommodation operators but deals remain rare.


ADP: Kiwis go camping in January
1 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Kiwis go camping in January

Campgrounds helped drive occupancy up across the country, according to the Accommodation Data Programme.


Hostel operator goes into liquidation
24 Feb 2021   /

Hostel operator goes into liquidation

Blenheim-based Diamond Hostel Limited has gone into liquidation.


ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy
16 Feb 2021   /

ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy

A Christmas bump saw Hawke’s Bay regional tourism organisation area top occupancy across all accommodation types in December, knocking Wellington from the top of the table.


Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels
15 Feb 2021  

Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels

YHA sells five hostels in what it says is a reflection of the distressed nature of the tourism industry.


In-depth: Backpackers “dying” as closures wrack sector
5 Feb 2021   /

In-depth: Backpackers “dying” as closures wrack sector

Hostels are shutting their doors or being put up for sale as the market struggles without international visitors.


Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ
19 Jan 2021   /

Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ

Stats NZ domestic card spending data for December reveals a sluggish start to summer for the accommodation sector.


Second accommodation association launches
1 Dec 2020  

Second accommodation association launches

Hospitality New Zealand is re-establishing the Accommodation Association New Zealand to provide the accommodation sector with a united voice as it worked through the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.


ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy
27 Nov 2020  

ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy

The Wellington, Manawatu and Waikato regional tourism organisation areas topped occupancy across all accommodation types in October, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme figures.


Youth sector hits back at tourism minister
23 Nov 2020  

Youth sector hits back at tourism minister

YHA says Nash’s focus on high value tourism would put New Zealand’s $1.5bn youth tourism industry under threat.


Hospitality New Zealand and BYATA enter MOU
20 Nov 2020   /

Hospitality New Zealand and BYATA enter MOU

Hospitality New Zealand has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Backpacker Youth and Adventure Tourism Association.


Summer goal: Break even in hostels – Haka Tourism
9 Nov 2020   /

Summer goal: Break even in hostels – Haka Tourism

One of the hardest-hit parts of tourism is holding on for a quick rebound when international travel resumes.