New Zealand: Hotel Market Snapshot
By Wim Ruepert on February 17, 2021
New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been widely praised both locally and internationally.
Following a nationwide lockdown during March-April and a four-week period in August for Auckland only, life has been almost back to normal for most businesses, except for those relying on travel and tourism, and especially international visitors, such as hotels.
With the country’s borders closed since March last year, the government is using 32 hotels as managed quarantine facilities for returning New Zealand residents, taking up to 40% of major hotel rooms in key hotel markets.
This report explains how the absence of international visitors and a captive domestic market has affected those major hotels that are not part of the government’s managed quarantine programme.