Queenstown visitors on the rise

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Queenstown guest nights are on the hike, new figures reveal. 

The resort has recorded the biggest jump in guest nights for the country for July, according to Statistics New Zealand’s Commercial Accommodation Monitor. 

Total visitor nights spiked 6.8 per cent – or 17,000 – to almost 277,000 compared to the same period last year. 

However, while international visitors were up 13.5 per cent to almost 200,000 compared to July 2009, domestic guest nights dropped 7.6 per cent to slightly more than 76,000. 

Destination Queenstown boss Tony Everitt (pictured) says tourists jetting from across the ditch to ski and visitors from the Asian market have boosted overseas numbers. 

“There’s still some caution amongst Kiwi consumers which I believe has contributed to the downturn in the domestic market,” Everitt adds. 

Queenstown’s Hotel Association head John McIlwain expects the market to be buoyant over coming months. 

“Excellent snow conditions coupled with increased air capacity, marketing and favourable exchange rates directly resulted in Queenstown’s surge in guest nights,” McIlwain says.