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).

2016 Convention Activity Survey Report
A total of 585,000 delegates attended 5,100 conferences and conventions in the year ended December 2016. More delegates attended fewer events this year compared to the year ended December 2015, where 551,000 delegates attended 5,500 conferences and conventions. The number of delegate days for conferences and conventions decreased from 1.1 million in the year ended December 2015 to 1.0 million in the year ended December 2016.

Over all events, excluding special occasions, 2.2 million delegates attended 35,600 events for around 3.0 million delegate days in the year ended December 2016. This remained similar to the previous year, where there were 2.2 million delegates, 37,000 events and 3.0 million delegate days.

Latest Reports
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended December 2016
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended September 2016
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended June 2016
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended March 2016
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended December 2015
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended September 2015
Convention Activity survey Report year ended June 2015
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended March 2015
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End December 2014 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End September 2014 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End June 2014 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End March 2014 [PDF] 
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End December 2013 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End September 2013 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End June 2013 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End March 2013 [PDF]


Previous Reports
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End December 2012 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End June 2012 [XLSX] 
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End March 2012 [XLSX] 
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End December 2011 [XLS] 
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End September 2011 [XLS] 
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End June 2011 [XLS] 
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End March 2011 [XLS] 
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End December 2010 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End September 2010 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Year End June 2010 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Quarter 4 (October – December) 2009 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Quarter 3 (July – September) 2009 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Quarter 2 (April – June) 2009 [PDF]
Convention Activity Survey Report Quarter 1 (January – March) 2009 [PDF]


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
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended December 2015
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended December 2014
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended December 2013
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended June 2012
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended June 2011
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended June 2010


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 (XLS) 


Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates
The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates are a new data series which provides more information on regional tourism spending. The RTIs are based on electronic card transaction data and provide regular updates on both international and domestic tourism expenditure at a regional level.

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

The fastest growing region was Nelson, which increased 14 per cent to $344 million in the year ending January 2017, followed by West Coast (up 13 per cent to $495 million) and Otago (up 11 per cent to $3.5 billion).

The earthquake last November made a significant impact on the total spend locally in North Canterbury, which includes Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts. Marlborough and Wellington, two other regions affected by the earthquake, had a slight drop in tourism spending in the month of January 2017 compared with January 2016. Other regions in the South Island have recovered from the impact of the earthquakes in November, with international and domestic tourism spending higher in Canterbury, Tasman and the West Coast.

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.

Latest releases

International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: February 2017
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: January 2017
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: December 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: November 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: October 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: September 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: August 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: July 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: June 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: May 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: April 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: March 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: February 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: January 2016
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: December 2015
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: November 2015
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: October 2015

Click here for more information including earlier releases.

 

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 December 2016
International Visitor Survey for the year ended September 2016
International Visitor Survey for the year ended June 2016
International Visitor Survey for the year ended March 2016


Business Event Arrivals

Accommodation Survey

National guest nights this January had a modest increase of 1.1 percent on January 2016, Stats NZ said today. International guest nights hit a record 2 million, up 6.9 percent on January 2016. This rise offset the drop in domestic guest nights, which fell 2.7 percent.

"The decline in domestic guest nights this January coincided with greater numbers of Kiwis travelling overseas for their holidays," business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said.

Hotels had a 1.7 percent fall in total guest nights. While they accommodated more international visitors, the rise failed to offset the fall in domestic guest nights.

Similarly the drop in domestic guest nights drove falls in the Auckland and Wellington regions. In Canterbury the fall was driven by a 61 percent fall in guest nights in Kaikōura. The number of accommodation providers open in Kaikōura increased in January from December, but was still 40 percent below January 2016.
 
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.