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Queenstown hotel occupancy has dropped to a level possibly unheard of before – 11.1% – down 86.5% compared to the same week last year, according to figures from STR.
International arrivals will fall by 20%-30% in 2020 compared to last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation for the year to February 2020 was $616m.
Around 70,000 people were on short-term visitor visas in New Zealand on the eve of the four-week lockdown, according to the latest government data.
Occupancy and RevPAR across the country fell by levels possibly never seen before at a national level following the Government’s closure of the border to non-residents, according to figures from STR.
Around a quarter-of-a-million are visiting – many of them overseas-based Kiwis – as a state of emergency is declared.
Another tough week for the hotel industry with sharp falls across the country, according to figures from STR.
Half of New Zealand’s major source markets saw declines in February with only India reporting any growth of note, according to the latest provisional arrivals data.
In a flashback to life before the Covid-19 coronavirus, Stats NZ has released January visitor numbers that show the earlier timing of Chinese New Year boosted the number of arrivals from China at the beginning of the year.
After a slightly surprising positive first half of February for Auckland, the city’s hotel market has suffered double-digit falls across all three metrics, according to figures from STR.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said the reduction of visitors caused by Covid-19 has the potential to impact the accuracy of some of its key tourism statistics.
The coronavirus effect has shown up in latest figures from Stats NZ with a dramatic slump in Chinese arrivals from 20,000 in the last week of January to just 560 in the week ended February 23.
The successor to the Accommodation Survey will aim to provide guest nights, occupancy rates and establishments, broken down by geography, at a minimum, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The data could be back by mid-2020, filling a big insight gap in the industry.
In the year ended January 2020, the number of new consented hotels, motels and other accommodation consented rose in value 25% to $586m.
The Mackenzie Region led a total of seven Regional Tourism Organisations that posted double-digit spending growth in January, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.
A negative week for all regions and all metrics compared to this time last year, save only for ADR at Christchurch, which ticked up for the week, according to figures from STR.
Arrivals from China dropped to 760 in the week ending 16 February, down 92.9% on the same corresponding week in 2019.
Waipā district recorded the highest growth rate for tourism spend in New Zealand – 14% – over the 12 months to December 2019, according to Infometrics.
Spending with China-issued credit cards was down 39.3% in February from a year earlier, says Paymark.
New Zealanders are spending more on accommodation overseas, according to Statistics NZ.
Arrivals from China plummeted to just 1430 in the week following the Govt’s travel ban.
Auckland bucked falling markets across the rest of New Zealand with a slightly surprising – because of the China travel ban – positive week across all three of the major hotel metrics, according to figures from STR.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has delayed the release of January’s Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.
Christchurch saw an overall spending increase of 2% for January to $454m, according to MarketView.
The Government’s travel ban from China, which started on Monday 3 February, as well as the later starting of Chinese New Year in 2019, combined to push most markets down last week, compared to the same period last year, according to figures from STR.
Auckland Airport passenger numbers were down 1.3% in December 2019.
Growth from Australia and the United States more than offset the falling Chinese market in 2019, according to Stats NZ.
The Wellington region saw the biggest increase in visitor spending in 2019, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.
It was the first time arrivals to New Zealand had passed the 7 million mark, said Biosecurity New Zealand.
Queenstown’s hotel sector last week fared significantly worse than the same period a year earlier, according to figures from STR, probably due to a combination of coronavirus cancellations and the later starting of Chinese New Year in 2019.
The strong growth in the North American market has been highlighted in the latest Quarterly Tourism Report, with spending by visitors from the United States increasing to $1.42bn in the year to September 2019, up 15% on the previous period.
The territories provide a potential focus for NZ tourism as it grapples with coronavirus.
A positive week across New Zealand for the seven days to Saturday 1 February but there are signs the effects of the coronavirus outbreak are being felt in the country’s hotel sector, according to figures from STR.
The number of consents for hotels, motels and other short-term accommodation grew by 18% to reach 543 for the year to December 2019, compared with the same period the previous year.
The Destination Wairarapa area saw strong growth in visitor spending despite a damp Toast Martinborough.
Double-digit dips in both occupancy and RevPAR added to a relatively subdued summer for Wellington, according to figures from STR.
Air New Zealand carried 1.824 million passengers in December 2019, up 3.2% on the same month last year.
Nine out of ten of NZ’s major source markets reported a fall in month-on-month visitor arrivals.
Queenstown reported rare weekly growth this summer across all three metrics with RevPAR leading the way, according to figures from STR.
International visitor arrivals fell 3% to 476,350 in the four weeks to 29 December 2019, compared to the same period a year earlier.
International and domestic visitor growth, a weak NZ dollar and strong economy will help drive occupancy, says the agent.
Hospitality spend grew by 1.8% to $59m in the last quarter of 2019, according to StatsNZ.
A positive Xmas and New Year period has led into a relatively decent start to 2020 for Auckland’s hotel market, in sharp contrast to the country’s other major visitor destinations, according to figures from STR.
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The number of consents for hotels, motels and other short-term accommodation grew by 20.7% to reach 519 for year to November 2019, compared to the same period last year.
Growth in national occupancy levels in New Zealand hotels was flat for 2019 bringing to an end the ‘spectacular’ increases seen in previous years, says TIA.
Wellington’s hotel market has tracked below 2018’s results since the spring and that trend looks set to continue into the new year, according to figures from STR.
Growth has been dragged down by the downturn in visitors from Asia, says Stats NZ.
Another solid week for Auckland’s hotel market has helped drive growth in all three metrics in a rare, positive week across all of New Zealand, according to STR.