Industry Research & Statistics


Business Events Research Programme

Programme objectives
The Business Events Research Programme was established in 2009 through a partnership between Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) and 10 Convention Bureaux in New Zealand. Since then, 3 additional Convention Bureaux have joined.

The objectives of the programme are to:
* monitor MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) activity in New Zealand
* estimate the contribution multi-day business events make to the New Zealand economy.

Participants
The following Convention Bureaux participate in the Business Events Research Programme:
Auckland
* Rotorua
* Hawke's Bay
* Taupo
* Manawatu
* Wellington
* Nelson
* Christchurch & Canterbury
* Dunedin
* Queenstown
* Hamilton & Waikato (joined July 2011)
* Bay of Plenty (joined July 2011)
* Destination Marlborough (joined July 2012)
* Southland (joined February 2018).

Click here to access the latest data from the Business Events Research Programme, gathered via the Business Events Activity Survey and Business Event Delegate Survey.


Business Events Activity Survey (formerly Convention Activity Survey CAS)

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

The Business Events Activity Survey is the 'supply-side' component of the Business Events 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.

MBIE fund the programme in partnership with 14 Convention Bureaux in New Zealand — Auckland, Hamilton and Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Taupo, Manawatu, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson, Christchurch and Canterbury, Dunedin, Queenstown and Southland.

Latest Reports

Business Events Activity Survey - March 2019

 
Click here for more information including pivot tables and earlier releases.


Business Events Delegate Survey (formerly Convention Delegate Survey CDS)

The Business Events Delegate Survey collects expenditure and length of stay data from multi-day business event delegates through an online survey.

Established in 2009, the Business Events Delegate Survey (previously called the Convention Delegate Survey) is the ‘demand-side’ component of the Business Events Research Programme. Approximately 2500 local, domestic and international convention and conference delegates are surveyed each year across New Zealand.

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

These changes created a statistical discontinuity between the current report and those previously published. Therefore reports published prior to 2013 can't be directly compared to later periods.

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

Latest Reports

Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended December 2018
Click here for more information and earlier releases.


Quarterly Tourism Report


This quarter MBIE present the national context for tourism in the year ending March 2019 (and for the March 2019 quarter where available).

The key insights of the report include:
International visitor spend grew slightly faster than visitor numbers
Exchange rates were likely to have positively affected spend
Seasonally adjusted quarterly spend remained unchanged from the previous quarter
Guest night growth slows to one per cent

MBIE also present a piece of research about higher-spending visitors in the International Visitor Survey.

This research finds:
Most higher-spending visitors were in New Zealand for a holiday
Higher-spending visitors were more likely to stay in hotel accommodation
Higher-spending visitors tend to be older than other visitors
They stayed for shorter periods than other visitors
Chinese visitors contributed the most to the higher-spending visitor market.

View the Quarterly Tourism Report


New Zealand Tourism Forecasts

2019-2025 international tourism forecasts

Each year The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) produce the international tourism forecasts. This is a report that informs and supports planning and investment decisions in the tourism industry. The forecasts are based on econometric modelling, current trends and best available forecasts of international factors and have been developed with input from members of the tourism industry.

MBIE has updated its tourism forecasts for key tourism markets for the 201-2025 period with the following key messages: 

Key Messages
Moderate growth is forecasted for both international arrivals and spend in New Zealand across the forecast period. Key factors contributing to the overall growth forecast include strong growth in the US in the short-term, and growth in Asian markets, especially China in the longer-term.
 
Visitor arrivals to New Zealand are expected to grow an average of 4.0 per cent each year, reaching 5.1 million visitors in 2025 from 3.9 million in 2018.
 
Total international spend is expected to reach $15.0 billion in 2025 (excluding international airfares and education), up 34 per cent from 2018 (when it was $11.2 billion), or 4.3 per cent per year. Spend growth is forecast to grow at slightly higher than the growth of visitor numbers, suggesting that spend per visitor will increase.
 
Australia is New Zealand's largest visitor market, providing 1.5 million visitors in 2018, and is expected to remain so over the period of the forecasts. We expect this market to have an average growth of 2.5 per cent a year to 2025.
 
Short term growth will be driven by a range of factors, especially available seat capacity, and rising fuel costs affecting ticket prices and demand.
 
Australia is currently the largest market by spend, and will remain so, though Chinese spend will reduce the gap by 2025.
 
The forecasts were developed using MBIE's tourism forecasting model with input and advice provided by the Tourism Forecast Moderation Committee (TFMC), a technical moderation committee of industry participants, including Air New Zealand, the four main international airports, TIA and Tourism New Zealand

The forecast results are available on the MBIE website. Includes an online tool, a report, and an infographic.

Latest Reports

2019-2025 international tourism forecasts
Click here to view previous tourism forecasts


Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTE)

The MRTE's provides an estimated dollar figure for how much international and domestic tourists are spending in each region, which is vital to help inform planning and investment for the tourism industry.   

VIEW THE LATEST MRTEs

Find out how to calculate year-end figures in the MRTEs
See key breakdowns by area with the MRTE Data Insights Viewer

Latest Reports

Click here to view the latest MRTE - May 2019
Click here for more information on MRTEs

International Travel Release

The International Travel Report is a monthly report produced by Statistics New Zealand and sponsored by Tourism New Zealand. 

November 2018 was the first release of these monthly statistics since the departure card was removed. International Visitor Arrivals (IVA) is now part of the International Travel release.

International travel covers the number and characteristics of overseas visitors and New Zealand resident travellers (short-term movements) entering or leaving New Zealand.
 
International travel quiet in May – Media release

May 2019 saw 219,300 visitor arrivals and 235,200 New Zealand resident arrivals, Stats NZ said.

“May is typically a quiet month for international travel to New Zealand,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

Compared with May 2018, visitor arrivals were down 1.2 percent and New Zealand resident arrivals were up 1.5 percent.

The fall in visitor arrivals was driven by decreases in arrivals from China (down 2,800) and India (down 1,900) compared with May 2018. Visitor arrivals from India were at high levels in May 2018, only 0.9 percent lower than the peak in December 2017. The drop in arrivals from India may reflect less international travel due to the election in India held in April and May this year.

Rises in arrivals of New Zealand residents from trips to Australia (up 2,100), the United Kingdom (up 1,500), and the Philippines (up 1,000) were partly offset this month by falls in arrivals from trips to the USA (down 1,800) and the Cook Islands (down 1,000).

Annual visitor arrivals remain stable while New Zealand resident travel up across the board

Annual visitor arrivals for the May 2019 year remained stable compared with the year ended May 2018, with 3.9 million visitors arriving from a variety of source countries.

Annual visitor arrivals from Australia (up 34,400) and the USA (up 27,400) saw the largest increase but were partly offset by a fall in arrivals from China (down 26,100) and the United Kingdom (down 17,200).

3.1 million New Zealanders arrived home from overseas trips in the May 2019 year, with numbers of resident arrivals from nearly all main destinations rising.

The largest rises in annual New Zealand resident arrivals were from Australia (up 43,100) and Indonesia (up 23,800). The rise in New Zealand resident travel to Indonesia coincides with an increase in direct flights to Bali over the past year. Bali is a popular holiday destination for New Zealanders.

South Africa was the only main destination to see a fall in the number of trips by New Zealand residents, down 700 (4.1 percent) when compared with the May 2018 year.

More detail to come in the international travel release

Subnational data for New Zealand-resident travellers will be available with the June 2019 statistics, to be released in August. Data for subnational areas will be available for New Zealand-resident arrivals to the June 2019 month.

For more information about these statistics:
Visit International travel: May 2019 



International Visitor Survey (IVS)

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) measures the expenditure, characteristics and behaviours of international visitors to New Zealand.

International Visitor Survey (IVS) data is presented in the following user-friendly formats:
* Infographic: provides a visual summary of international visitor expenditure and arrival numbers by key markets.
* Key data table: provides a summary of international visitor expenditure by key markets and purpose of visit.
* Pivot tables: provide estimates of international visitor expenditure, and margins of error, by key overseas markets and purpose of visit for every year.

 
Latest releases
Click here to view the IVS Key data - March 2019
View high-level summaries of current and earlier releases of international visitor information in a variety of formats — infographic, key data table and pivot tables

Additional analysis of the IVS will be released in the next Quarterly Tourism Report, released 6 June 2019.
 

Business Event Arrivals

CINZ Australia Commentary

When you take into account the short month, Easter, school and public holidays, April BE AU arrivals performed strongly with 3,412 delegates + 20.5%.

AU business confidence continues to be cautious following the May federal election and interest rate cut by the AU Reserve Bank. Media commentary highlights the probability of a pending recession. New Zealand has lost a number of opportunities the Q3/Q4 FY19 due to cost or company decisions to remain on-shore. 

Fall in international guest nights continues – Media release

For the sixth consecutive month, international guests spent fewer nights in hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks compared with the same month a year ago, Stats NZ said.

“In May 2019, international guest nights were down 7.4 percent, falling for the sixth month in a row,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

“This may indicate that international guests are choosing hosted or other accommodation not captured in the accommodation survey.”

"May is typically one of the quieter months for commercial accommodation, with little more than half the guest nights seen in summer months," Ms McKenzie said.

“Kiwis staying in holiday parks and hotels in May helped keep total guest nights up, despite the drop in international guests.”

In May 2019, total guest nights rose 0.9 percent as Kiwis spent 6.6 percent more nights in commercial accommodation than the same month last year. This increase offset the fall in overseas guest nights.

In the year ended May 2019, total guest nights rose 1.1 percent to 40,378,000 from the May 2018 year. This is the lowest annual guest night growth for almost six years, apart from a 0.6 percent rise in the year ended March 2019.

The accommodation survey collects data for guests staying in short-term commercial accommodation such as hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks. Hosted and private accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts and holiday homes, are excluded.

For more information about these statistics:
Visit Accommodation survey: May 2019 

 

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.



MBIE Data Release Calendar

View upcoming scheduled tourism survey releases.