Lodging industry confidence rises | Otago Daily Times News Online

Confidence is returning for accommodation providers in Dunedin and it was busy in town over the long weekend.

There had been more certainty since the Covid-19 traffic light setting changed from red to amber in mid-April, allowing more events to unfold, the Otago president said Motel Association, Pete Firms.

“There is definitely a recovery going on, but people are still cautious,” Mr. Firns said.

“The outlook is positive.”

Various events were held in Dunedin over the Queen’s birthday weekend.

They included the South Con gaming convention at the Edgar Centre, pipe and dance competitions held at Otago Boys’ High School, and a waka ama regatta on Otago Harbour.

Moana Pool hosted Queen Neptune’s Birthday Swim Meet and the Continental Cup of Hockey was held at Logan Park.

Mr Firns said accommodation bookings were often left until late amid Covid-19 restrictions and uncertainty, but more term bookings were now coming in.

Hospitality Association of New Zealand Otago chairman Mark Scully said it had been a positive time since the Easter break.

University degrees were able to continue this year, bringing graduates and their families to the city.

Alexis Motor Lodge Dunedin owner-operator Robyn Higgins agreed business picked up around Easter.

“We’re starting to see a little more sense of normalcy.”

Bella Vista Motel Dunedin reported a busy month of May.

It had been fully occupied for much of the past month.

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