Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - September 2019

Guest nights

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • Total guest nights in Hamilton City increased by 5.7% in the year to September 2019. This compares with an increase of 1.2% in New Zealand.
  • Visitors stayed a total of 804,543 nights in Hamilton City during the year to September 2019, which was up from 761,225 a year ago.

National overview

Growth in guest nights slipped to 1.2% over the 12 months to September 2019. Domestic guest night growth remains strong at 4.0%. This growth is at odds with this year’s weaker consumer confidence and consumer spending, and tepid domestic visitor spending growth, and suggests that Kiwis are still willing to go on vacation, albeit with tighter budgets. International guest nights fell for the third consecutive quarter, down 2.4% over the 12 months to September 2019. Falling Chinese tourist arrivals continue to be a drag on guest nights, with Chinese arrivals falling 8.8% in the 12 months to September 2019 – the highest fall since 2011. However, an overall rise in international tourist arrivals suggests that tourists from overseas are spending fewer nights per trip in New Zealand.