Guest nights in Queenstown in November 2012 were on a par
with the same month in 2011, Statistics New Zealand says.
Total visitor nights were slightly down at 0.8%, or 1624
nights, to 192,353, compared with November 2011, according to
the latest commercial accommodation monitor released last
International guest nights were up 5.4% to 132,505,
accounting for 68.9% of all guest nights in the Queenstown
regional tourism organisation area, while domestic guest
nights were down 12.3% to 59,848 for the same period.
Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd said on
Friday the result showed a possible return to a more usual
mix for November.
''Most pleasing was the growth in international guest nights,
which continues Queenstown's slow but steady recovery in
international numbers,'' Mr Budd said.
''Historically, international guest nights have comprised
about 75% of the November mix.
''In 2011 it was only 65%, but has bounced back this time to
''The domestic decline is not too surprising. In November
2011 there was a huge 37% spike compared to November 2010, so
these figures have returned to be closer to what we would
usually expect around this time.''
Queenstown Airport considered November 2012 to be a slower
month. However, there were still 89,370 passengers moving
through the airport, which equated to an increase of 18.3%
for the month over the same period last year.
Domestic passenger numbers were up to 77,176, an 18.4%
increase compared with November 2011.
International passengers were also up, with an increase of
17.5% over November 2011.
The airport corporation said the increase in passengers was
due to the increased number of flights. There were 32 more
flights in November than in November 2011.
Additions to the Air New Zealand schedule accounted for most
of the extra flights.