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Welcoming the bounce back


People are genuinely interested in what’s happening in the hotel, tourism and leisure (HTL) property sector and Bayleys has some very good stock for sale currently.

Around the country, we’ve been fielding strong enquiry from both new entrants to the market and bigger parties looking to further consolidate their property footprint.

At the weightier end of the scale, genuine buyers are looking to secure stock while there’s less competition, while realistically, rising interest rates and escalating inflation may challenge owners of smaller-to medium-sized properties.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, owners of accommodation businesses now have 12 months of sequential figures to show potential buyers and their lenders, making exit from the sector smoother and providing confidence and more certainty for those looking to acquire assets.

Tourism recovery is underway with the prime hotel market operating at full capacity, occupancy rates on the up and room rates high.

Nationwide occupancy levels are approaching what they were pre-pandemic, and while transaction data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows fluctuating tourist spending patterns, every dollar spent is being welcomed by the accommodation, hospitality and retail sectors.

Queenstown has rallied faster than other main regions, but staffing shortages and a lack of worker accommodation in the town remain pressure points.

However, the government’s recent announcement that Working Holiday Scheme visas will have an automatic six-month extension is good news for the sector as it recalibrates.

International visitor arrival numbers are tracking upwards with healthy interest out of Australia, North America, and Europe.

But while flights and capacity on routes from China are ramping up, with large tour parties now accepted again, industry contacts tell us there are significant administrative delays for passport renewals and processing in China which is slowing the return of this important market.

So, swings and roundabouts across the sector but on the whole, some sense of normality is returning – bring it on!

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