Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - March 2019

Guest nights

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • Total guest nights in Hamilton City increased by 3.3% in the year to March 2019. This compares with an increase of 0.6% in New Zealand.
  • Visitors stayed a total of 777,234 nights in Hamilton City during the year to March 2019, which was up from 752,134 a year ago.

National overview

The tourism sector continues to soften, with guest nights growing by just 0.6% over the 12 months to March 2019, the first sub-1% growth since mid-2013. Domestic guest nights remain buoyant, rising 2.1%, as higher wages and increases in employment create opportunities for more recreation. However, international guest nights fell 1.2% over the same period, the first period of negative growth since April 2013, a concerning but not totally unexpected trend. Chinese tourist arrivals have continued to decline, with a 5.5%pa drop in the March month alone. However, a lower NZ dollar caused by the Reserve Bank’s cut to the OCR may increase support for tourism, by making tourist visits cheaper to overseas travellers, countering the newly passed visitor levy.