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The global recession is starting to hit NZ hard

New Zealand tourism sector is starting to feel the effects of the global recession, as November’s figures from Statistics New Zealand show that fewer people are visiting from overseas than the same period in 2007.

Short-term accommodation shows the biggest decline in bed-nights – there were 1.3 million guest nights in November 2008, which is an eight per cent difference from the year before.

All five accommodation types showed signs of a tourism downturn, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, backpackers and campgrounds.

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