Northland leads in growth

Northland leads in growth

Latest data from Statistics New Zealand shows Northland is leading the country in commercial guest night growth and that annual guest nights in the region are fast approaching the two million mark.

In February Northland’s commercial guest night numbers grew 10.5% with an additional 21,000 nights compared to the same month in 2016. In contrast guest nights across the country declined 0.4% on average in February, emphasising the big difference in Northland’s positive performance.

Around Northland, all districts recorded growth in commercial guest nights. Whangarei led the way with monthly growth of 23.5%, Far North with 6.8% and Kaipara with 3.1%.

Commercial guest nights for Northland now sit at 1.905 million a year – a figure which underpins the strong performance of Northland’s accommodation sector.

Total annual guest night growth for Northland is now tracking at 9.2% year on year as at February 2017, while the national average annual growth rate across all regions is 4.7%. International nights grew 6.5% for the month of February while domestic nights grew 14%.  Hotels, motels and campgrounds all recorded strong growth, while backpacker nights shrank slightly.


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