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May tourism slipping across the country

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/07/2016

After more than two years of skyrocketing visitor numbers, NZ's tourism numbers are starting to slip.

But it's not the international visitors who are staying away.

The number of short term international arrivals jumped by 10 per cent in May this year, compared to the same month last year, while the number of nights they stayed rose by almost the same.

"International guest nights continued to rise strongly but were offset in may by a fallback in domestic guest nights," Statistics New Zealand business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said.

The number of nights domestic guests stayed in tourism accommodation in May fell 6.7 per cent on the same month last year, resulting in an overall 0.4 per cent drop.

May was the first month in the last 25 not to record an increase in guest nights.

But it's not all bad news for the country's tourism sector.

Visitor nights still rose by more than five per cent over the last 12 months.

By region Auckland, Otago, Hawke's Bay, Nelson and Southland all recorded increases in the number of nights stayed by guests.

VISITORS BY THE NUMBERS IN MAY 2016 v MAY 2015

- International guest nights up 9.7 per cent

- Domestic guest nights down 6.4 per cent

- Overall guest nights down 0.4 per cent

VISITORS BY THE NUMBERS FOR YEAR ENDING MAY 2016

- National guest nights up 5.3 per cent

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