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).

2017 March Convention Activity Survey Report
The Convention Activity Survey to March 2017 released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), shows a rise in delegate days across all events. The number of delegates attending all events increased to 3.6 million in the year ended March 2017, from 3.4 million in the year ended March 2016, while the total number of delegate days increased to 4.5 million in the year ended March 2017, compared to 4.2 million the previous year.

Highlights from this release include:
Over all events, the number of delegates increased to 3.6 million – up from 3.4 million in the year ended March 2016.
The total number of delegate days increased to 4.5 million – up from 4.2 million in the year ended March 2016.
More delegates attended fewer events compared to the year ended March 2016 – 592,400 delegates attended 5,100 conferences and conventions, compared with 538,800 delegates at 5,600 conferences in the year ended March 2016.
The number of delegate days for conferences and conventions remained steady at 1.0 million.
Meetings and seminars comprised 66 per cent of all events, and 39 per cent of all delegate days.
Auckland was the most popular location for events – Auckland hosted the greatest proportion (34 per cent) of multi-day meetings and seminars, generating 36 per cent of total multi-day meetings and seminars delegate days.

Latest Reports
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended March 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 June 2017.

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

The regions with the fastest growing tourism spend were West Coast, which increased 15 per cent over the year to June 2017 to $540 million, followed by Tasman (up 12 per cent to $310 million) and Northland (up 10 per cent to $1.1 billion).

Driven by the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017, spending from the UK market for the month of June 2017 was around double that of June 2016. Additional spending was seen across all regions, suggesting that UK visitors here for the games travelled widely around New Zealand. In absolute terms, the strongest growth in UK spending occurred in Auckland (up 97 per cent to $25 million), Wellington (up 164 per cent to $12 million), and Otago (up 74 per cent to $11 million).

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: June 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 June 2017

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Business Event Arrivals

The Lions rugby tour drove strong increases in international guest nights in June 2017, Stats NZ said.

“The effect of the Lions tour on accommodation was most obvious in the Auckland and Wellington regions. Auckland hosted the only All Blacks test match in June, while fans may have stayed in Wellington between the Hurricanes match on 27 June and the All Blacks test match on 1 July,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

Compared with June 2016, international guest nights were up 27,000 in Auckland and up 28,000 in Wellington region. The region with the next largest increase was Otago, up 23,000, driven by Queenstown.

Rises in international guest nights in these regions were partly offset by falls in domestic guest nights: down 17,000 in Auckland, 7,000 in Wellington, and 3,000 in Otago.

Nationally, international guest nights rose 14.1 percent to 898,000 – an increase of 111,000. Domestic guest nights rose 2.6 percent to 1.4 million.

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

Surge in visitor arrivals from UK and Ireland for All Blacks games

Visitor arrivals from the United Kingdom and Ireland were up 16,700 in June 2017 compared with June 2016, as reported in Lions supporters prop up visitor arrivals. Note: we have corrected the sentence above since it was first published.

The biggest spike was for arrivals from the UK in the week started 19 June. The tour began on 3 June with the Lions playing the Barbarians in Whangarei, but the first test match between the Lions and the All Blacks was on 24 June in Auckland.

Card spending increases for hospitality during Lions tour

Nationally, the value of electronic card transactions in the hospitality industry was up $81 million (9.8 percent) in June 2017 compared with June 2016.

For the previous Lions tour in June 2005, hospitality card spending was up $33 million (11 percent) compared with June 2004.

These values exclude cash payments and bookings that were paid for in advance.

See also: Accommodation Survey: June 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.