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February guest nights rise

National guest nights for February 2016 were seven percent higher than in February 2015.

Statistics New Zealand said the extra day for the leap year and warm weather contributed to the rise.

“The rise for February follows a record high in January,” business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said. “Guest nights have been rising for almost two years.”

For February 2016, compared with February 2015:

• North Island guest nights were up 6.5 percent, and South Island guest nights were up 7.8 percent.

• Domestic guest nights were up 6.1 percent, and international guest nights were up 8.0 percent.

• All 12 regional areas had more guest nights.

• All four accommodation types had more guest nights.

Trends and data

For the year ended February 2016, national guest nights were up 5.2 percent from the February 2015 year.

The trend for national guest nights continued to rise in February. Seasonally adjusted guest nights rose two percent, following a small fall in January.

The Accommodation Survey collects data for guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, and holiday parks in New Zealand each month. Private accommodation is excluded.

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