Statistics show record for Queenstown

Statistics New Zealand’s Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) figures released recently showed that Queenstown has recorded its highest ever guest nights for a 12 month period.

An evening in Queenstown. Photo: Chris McLennan
For the year end June 2014 total Queenstown guest nights were up 9.8% over the previous year to 2,908,025. Total guest nights for the month of June 2014 were also up 4.4 percent to 175,901, building on the previous record for a June month last year which had 17.7% growth on June 2012.

International visitor nights for June 2014 rose 3% to 109,172, while domestic nights grew 6.9% to 66,729. For the autumn quarter of April – June 2014, Queenstown had a total of 596,068 guest nights, an increase of 13.4% over the same period last year.

Destination Queenstown chief executive officer Graham Budd says the growth in June was a pleasing way to kick off winter. ‘We have enjoyed record months and rates of growth over the last couple of years and our targeting of June as one of our quieter months is clearly paying off,’ says Budd.