Fewer staying overnight in Bay

By Patrick O'Sullivan

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January Accommodation Survey figures for Hawke's Bay continue their long term downward trend.

Recorded guest nights are down 3 per cent compared with the same time last year.

Nationally the figure for commercial accommodation is 0.2 per cent up compared with January last year.

The Statistics New Zealand survey showed December Hawke's Bay guest nights were up 3.1 per cent and for November they were up 2.2 per cent. The preceding eight months were a successive decline of guest nights on the 2011 figures.

Napier, which has 45 per cent of the beds in Hawke's Bay, was down 5 per cent in January compared with the same time last year.

For the year ended January, Napier was down 7.5 per cent while Hawke's Bay was down 5.6 per cent.

Hawke's Bay Today has previously reported on the effect of the burgeoning cruise ship industry on commercial accommodation. Many tourist who previously took bus tours now opt for cruises.

Cruise New Zealand figures showed 139,234 crew and passengers were expected to visit Napier this season - up 6.7 per cent on the previous season.

Last month Hawke's Bay Regional Council asked Hawke's Bay Tourism to investigate Napier's commercial

accommodation figures after lobby group Napier Tourism said the Napier accommodation downturn was missing from Hawke's Bay Tourism's quarterly report.

Hawke's Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas said the company's goal was to promote the whole region, not specific parts.

Hawke's Bay Tourism was asked to investigate the concerns and the statistics underlying Napier Tourism's complaint. The latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index showed Napier hotel prices fell 7 per cent last year to $154 per night, compared with the national fall of 2 per cent to $149 per night.

 

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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