New stats show overseas visitors lead Queenstown bed nights boost

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The overall number of tourists staying in Queenstown has jumped despite a drop in Kiwis visiting, new statistics show.

Statistics New Zealand figures released today show overseas visitors still pouring into the resort, with an 11.9 per cent increase in bed nights for May compared to the same time last year. 

The rise saw visitor bed nights jump to 84,111 for the month.

Conversely, Kiwi visitor nights dropped nine per cent to 40,200.

Overall, the number of nights tourists who stayed in Queenstown beds went up 4.1 per cent to 124,300. 

Destination Queenstown boss Tony Everitt says the figures round off a positive autumn. 

“It’s good to see international visitor numbers have held up strongly. A plateau of the New Zealand economy has contributed to the shortfall in the domestic market in May.” 

Queenstown’s Hotel Association head John McIlwain says it’s pleasing to see continued growth in the hotel sector during what’s traditionally a quieter month. 

“This has been the trend for the past few months and should continue as we move into what is expected to be a very good winter period,” McIlwain says.