Queenstown guest night growth double all NZ combined

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Jack Frost might just receive a thank you card from Queenstown as a good winter helped the region record more than double the entire nation’s average growth in June guest nights. Results from Statistics New Zealand’s June Commercial Accommodation Monitor released last week revealed New Zealand’s total visitor nights grew by seven percent or 113,000 nights compared to June 2009.Total visitor nights to Queenstown, however, increased by 14.9 per cent or 144,440 in the same period year on year.International visitor nights in Queenstown were up 15.1 per cent to 90,958 as domestic visitor nights grew 14.6 percent to 53,482.Destination Queenstown Chief Executive Tony Everitt attributed the growth to a strong and early start to the ski season as well as “more direct domestic and trans-Tasman flights, and a particularly strong response from the Australian market”. “[A] considerable amount of work and investment has been put into driving the Australian growth by NZSki and its partners, including Destination Queenstown, Tourism New Zealand and the airlines,” NZSki Limited Chief Executive James Coddington said.The focus on the Australian market is important as, according to Mr Everitt, despite a recovering Asian market, the sluggish economic situation in North America and Europe “dulls travel demand” into Queenstown.Mr Everitt also noted that “winter has…started strongly in the Conference and Incentive market compared to last year and forward bookings are tracking well for the season”. If this trend continues Mr Frost may have to wait for a room on his next visit to Queenstown.last_img

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