Growth in Christchurch Accommodation in 2014
New research shows that the supply of accommodation in Christchurch grew significantly in 2014. The survey, undertaken by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) showed TIA hotels in the city now have 1600 rooms available, an extra 700 new rooms since 2013 with further hotel room openings continuing.
Repair work to reopen the hotels that were damaged in the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes as well as the building of new accommodation have strongly influenced the statistics.
TIA chief executive Chris Roberts commented that this growth in capacity has resulted in a fall in the total annual occupancy rate for the association's hotels in Christchurch and a small decrease in average room rates.
The city recorded 73 per cent occupancy in 2014, a drop of 3 percent on 2013. Christchurch's average daily rate across all star grades of accommodation was down by $3 to $157. That rate is still the second highest of all TIA hotel regions.
By comparison, the national hotel annual occupancy rate was 75.7 per cent, up 3 percentage points on 2013, and the highest in the last five years. Roberts said that overall, New Zealand welcomed more than 2.8 million visitors in 2014.
Christchurch accommodation recorded growth in Chinese and other Asian markets and an increase in convention, incentive-based tours and independent leisure travellers. Greater demand for motels in Nelson and Blenheim was also evident during this period.
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