Industry Research & Statistics

Convention Activity Survey
The Convention Activity Survey (CAS) monitors and benchmarks the performance of more than 300 professional conferencing and meeting venues in New Zealand. The CAS is the 'supply-side' component of the Convention Research Programme.

Venues that regularly host MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) provide ongoing data on the events they have hosted. Participants include major hotel chains, convention and exhibition centres and boutique venue providers.

The programme is funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment in partnership with thirteen Convention Bureaux in New Zealand (Auckland, Hamilton & Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Taupo, Manawatu, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson, Christchurch & Canterbury, Dunedin and Queenstown).

Convention Activity Survey (CAS) September 2017

The number of business events grew, driven by meetings and seminars

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released the results of the Convention Activity Survey for the year ended September 2017 today.
Highlights from the year to 2017 include:

The number of delegates increased to 3.6 million – a 1.2 million increase from the year to September 2016.

The total number of delegate days increased to 4.4 million – up from 4.3 million in the previous year.

Meetings and seminars comprised 68 per cent of all events, and 42 per cent of all delegate days - the number of meeting and seminar events increased 19 per cent from 27,600 to 33,000, delegates increased 12 percent from 1.46 million to 1.64 million, and delegate days increased 10 per cent from 1.68 million to 1.85 million.

The number of conference and convention events declined – the number of conference and convention events declined 3 per cent from 5,400 to 5,200, delegates decreased 9 per cent from 595,900 to 544,500, and delegate days dropped 14 per cent from 1.08 million to 0.93 million.

Auckland was the most popular location for multi-day events – Auckland hosted the largest proportion of multi-day meetings and seminars coming in at 37 per cent, generating 35 per cent of total multi-day meetings and seminars delegate days in the September 2017 year.

The Convention Activity Survey monitors and benchmarks the performance of more than 300 professional conferencing and meeting venues in New Zealand.

The CAS report for the year ended September 2017 is available on the MBIE website


Latest Reports
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended September 2017

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Convention Delegate Survey
Established in 2009, the Convention Delegate Survey (CDS) collects expenditure and length of stay data from multi-day convention delegates through an online survey. The CDS is the ‘demand-side’ component of the Convention Research Programme. Approximately 2500 local, domestic and international convention/conference delegates are surveyed each year across New Zealand

In 2012 the CDS was redeveloped to address problematic definitional and methodological issues. As a result the CDS spend measures now align with the International Visitor Survey, enabling direct comparisons between the two data sources.

The changes to the CDS have created a statistical discontinuity between the current report and those previously published; therefore reports published prior to 2013 cannot be directly compared to later periods.

Information on the survey method and how the CDS has changed can be found in the CDS report for the year ending December 2013.

Established in 2009, the Convention Delegate Survey (CDS) collects expenditure and length of stay data from multi-day convention delegates through an online survey. The CDS is the ‘demand-side’ component of the Convention Research Programme. Approximately 2500 local, domestic and international convention/conference delegates are surveyed each year across New Zealand.

In 2012 the CDS was redeveloped to address problematic definitional and methodological issues. As a result the CDS spend measures now align with the International Visitor Survey, enabling direct comparisons between the two data sources.

The changes to the CDS have created a statistical discontinuity between the current report and those previously published; therefore reports published prior to 2013 cannot be directly compared to later periods.

Information on the survey method and how the CDS has changed can be found in the CDS report for the year ending December 2013.

2016 Convention Delegate Survey 
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today published the 2016 Convention Delegate Survey, which showed multi-day conventions continue to prove valuable in bringing visitors to New Zealand and its regions.

The survey measures the spend of delegates attending multi-day conventions and conferences in New Zealand.

Key findings include:
The typical international convention delegate has a high nightly spend over a short period of time.
The nightly delegate spend of $334 (down 5 per cent on 2015) is almost double the average nightly spending of all international visitors.
Domestic delegates from outside the host region spend on average $504 per night (down 1 per cent on 2015).
Total spend by international convention visitors is up 1 per cent compared to 2015, driven by an increase in delegates (up 7 per cent).
Overall spend is up 25 per cent. This is a result of a 48 per cent rise in the total spend by local delegates and a 28 per cent rise in the total spend by domestic delegates from outside the host region, driven by increases in New Zealanders' numbers and nights at conventions rather than by spend per person.
 
Latest Reports 
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended December 2016

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New Zealand Tourism Forecasts
2015-2021 Tourism Forecasts

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has updated its tourism forecasts for key tourism markets for the 2015-2021 period. The forecasts suggest that the long term outlook is positive. The 2015 forecasts continued to use a technical committee to moderate and ameliorate the forecast results. The technical committee consisted of members from the Ministry, Air New Zealand, Tourism Industry Association (TIA), Auckland International Airport, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ).

Two alternative scenarios or ‘what if’ questions are also included in this year’s report. These quantify what will happen to visitor arrivals if a) there is a slowdown to the Chinese economy, and b) oil prices slump and recover.

The central forecasts suggest that the long term outlook is positive, with international visitor expenditure expected to increase 48.5% to $11.1 billion by 2021.

New Zealand Tourism Forecasts 2015-2021


Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates

Tourism spending data for October 2017.

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show that tourism expenditure grew in most regions for the year to October 2017.

Key points:
Tourism spending was up in most regions for the year ending October 2017, with international spending growth stronger than domestic spending growth.

The regions with the fastest growing tourism spend over the year to October 2017 were Tasman with 17% growth (up to $320 million), West Coast with 13% growth (up to $547 million) and Taranaki with 12% growth (up to $362 million)

Tasman tourism spending was boosted by strong international spend from both the USA (up 42%) and Germany (up 47%)
 
MBIE has recently released a user guide providing information on how the estimates are calculated and how they should be interpreted.

View the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.

More detailed information on the RTI series is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment website.

The RTIs and other tourism related data are also available on the newly released New Zealand Tourism Dashboard
 

International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand

International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand (IVA) is a monthly report produced by Statistics New Zealand and sponsored by Tourism New Zealand. It is released two working days after the International Travel and Migration information release.

The report contains detailed tables and graphs of monthly and annual data, showing the number and characteristics of visitor arrivals. Visitor arrivals are defined as overseas residents arriving in New Zealand for a stay of less than 12 months.

Most of the data is presented by country, for a selection of major source countries of visitors to New Zealand including:
* Australia 
* People’s Republic of China 
Japan 
Republic of Korea 
Singapore 
India  
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region) 
Malaysia 
Taiwan 
Thailand 
United Kingdom 
Germany 
France 
United States of America 
Canada. 

Visitor arrival data comes from Stats NZ's International Travel and Migration dataset. This dataset is derived from information contained in electronic records supplied by the New Zealand Customs Service, as well as from arrival and departure cards completed by passengers.
 
Latest releases
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: September 2017

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International Visitor Survey (IVS)

The International Visitor Survey (IVS)  by MBIE measures the travel patterns and expenditure of international visitors to New Zealand. Data includes expenditure, places visited, activities/attractions, accommodation and transport.

Latest releases:
International Visitor Survey for the year ended September 2017

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Business Event Arrivals


 Widespread rise in October guest nights.

New Zealand’s total guest nights increased 4.8 percent to 3.1 million in October 2017 compared with October 2016, Stats NZ said.

“October was a busy month with guest nights increasing in 11 of the 12 regions, with over half of the national increase occurring in Canterbury, Otago, and the Bay of Plenty,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said. “The only exception to widespread increases in guest nights occurred in Auckland, where guest nights fell 6.3 percent from a high last October,” Ms McKenzie said.

The strong growth in Canterbury was driven by more guest nights spent in hotels and backpackers than in October last year. In Otago, motel and hotel guest nights increased the most, boosted by tourist hot spots Wanaka and Queenstown. The growth in the Bay of Plenty was driven by increases in motel and holiday park guest nights.

“Good weather, an extended ski season, and more school holidays falling in October than last year, may have contributed to increases in guest nights across the country,” Ms McKenzie said “Interestingly, domestic and international guest nights increased a similar amount, both up about 5 percent from October 2016.”
See also: Accommodation Survey: October 2017 for more information on monthly accommodation statistics.

The Accommodation Survey collects data for guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, and holiday parks in New Zealand each month. Private accommodation is excluded.

 

 

 

Provisional international travel statistics
Overview of latest international travel trends

For more detailed statistics, see Provisional international travel statistics. This web page provides the latest available weekly and four-weekly information for short-term overseas visitor arrivals and short-term New Zealand resident departures. Data are published for the 10 main source and 10 main destination countries, as well as for regions and totals.