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) March 2018

Business events on the rise while delegate numbers and days fall

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released the results of the Convention Activity Survey for the year ended March 2018 today. The Convention Activity Survey monitors and benchmarks the performance of more than 300 professional conferencing and meeting venues in New Zealand.

Highlights from the year to March 2018 include:
The number of business events increased 1 percent to 46,100 – a slight increase from 45,700 in previous (March 2017) year.
The number of delegates decreased 4 percent to 3.5 million – from 3.6 million in previous year.
The total number of delegate days decreased 6 percent to 4.2 million – from 4.5 million in previous year.
The number of meetings and seminars events increased, as well as the delegates and delegate days – the number of meeting and seminar events increased 4 per cent from 30,000 to 31,200, delegates increased 2 percent from 1.55 million to 1.58 million, and delegate days increased 1 per cent from 1.77 million to 1.79 million.
The number of conference and convention events remained steady, but the delegates and delegate days declined – the number of conference and convention events was steady at5,100, delegates decreased 8 per cent from 592,400 to 543,800, and delegate days dropped 5 per cent from 1.03 million to 0.97 million.
Auckland's market share for multi-day meetings and seminars increased – Auckland hosted the largest proportion of multi-day meetings and seminars, with the market share increasing to 38 percent from 36 percent in previous year. It generated 36 per cent of total multi-day meetings and seminars delegate days in the March 2018 year.

Read the full CAS report for the year ended March 2018


Latest Reports
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended December 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.

2017 Convention Delegate Survey

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment published results of the 2017 Convention Delegate Survey. Over 2017, spending by international delegates to multi-day convention and conferences in New Zealand grew strongly, while spending by domestic delegates fell.

Key findings include:
In the year to December 2017, multi-day convention and conference delegates spent an estimated $506 million within New Zealand (down 14 per cent compared to December 2016 year), with $153 million by international delegates (up 17 per cent), $86 million by local delegates (down 39 per cent) and $267 million by other domestic delegates (down 16 per cent).

Multi-day convention delegates stayed an estimated total of 1,080,000 visitor nights in New Zealand over 2017. This includes both international delegates and domestic delegates from outside the event region.

On average, each international delegate spent $2,151 in New Zealand. Spend per domestic delegate was $1,435, while spend per local delegate was $597.

International delegates stayed an average of 7.2 nights in New Zealand (4.4 nights in the event region and 2.8 nights elsewhere in New Zealand), spending an estimated $299 per night.

Domestic delegates (New Zealand delegates from outside the event region) stayed an average of 3.1 nights in the event region, spending an estimated $461 per night.

Read the full report
 
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Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended December 2017

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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 May 2018 released

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year ended May 2018.

Key points:
Spending was up in all regions, with international spending growing faster than domestic.

The fastest growing region for tourism spend for the year ended May 2018 was Gisborne (up 14% to $155m), followed by Tasman (up 13% to $329m), and Canterbury (up 13% to $3.8b).

The regions with the largest monthly growth in May 2018 compared to May 2017 were Taranaki (up 46% to $18m), Gisborne (up 38% to $12m), and Nelson (up 32% to $24m).

Kaikoura tourism spending was up 81% in the year ended May 2018 compared to the year ended May 2017. 

UK spend grew strongly in the year to May 2018 in the three largest regions for tourism spend, up 28% in Auckland, 25% in Canterbury and 28% in Otago.

Chinese spend also showed strong growth in the three largest regions for tourism spend, up 16% in Auckland, 19% in Canterbury and 14% in Otago in the year to May 2018.

Read the full media release.

View the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates user guide has information on how the estimates are calculated and how they should be interpreted.

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: October 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.

Significant growth in international visitor spending

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand increased nine per cent to $10.9 billion for the year to March 2018, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

International visitors are spending more per day than ever before. The average spending of international visitors per day has increased above the highs seen in 2016. Visitors spent on average $193 per day in the year ending March 2018, up eight per cent compared with the year ending March 2017.

The US and Chinese markets made up around half of all growth, contributing a total of $424 million. Rises in average spend and visitor numbers have helped to boost both markets, with the US seeing strong growth in spending by visitors aged 65 and over.

More information on the International Visitor Survey.

Latest releases:
International Visitor Survey for the year ended March 2018

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Business Event Arrivals

CINZ Commentary - May 2018

In what is traditionally a high business events arrival month, May continued to show positive results of 4,320 arrivals with a slight increase of 0.4%. Overall, Australia continues to deliver positive numbers with 41,664 BE arrivals, albeit slightly down on YE17: -1.2%.

Insights:
As reported in the last update, the Australian Federal Government is conducting a Royal Commission into the Banking Sector. The Commission has uncovered significant inappropriate behaviour within the sector resulting in resignations of Senior Executives and civil action being taken by customers. One outcome may be the withdrawal of high profile expenditure on activity such as staff events and incentives, as this could generate negative publicity in the current environment. We have seen this with RAMS High Achievers who planned to go to the US/UK but will now stay in AU/Pacific region. Likewise, another leading
Bank (250 delegates) have been told to stay in AU, however, they have since obtained special approval to consider NZ.

We are also seeing incentives being more “content” driven than they were historically – typically, one day of content and the second day of activities.

Business Event Arrivals: May 2018
Business Event Arrivals: April 2018
Business Event Arrivals: March 2018
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Business Event Arrivals: December 2017
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Accommodation Survey

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.

Guest nights up 1.6 percent in May

Over 2.5 million nights were spent in commercial accommodation in May 2018, Stats NZ said. This number is up 1.6 percent from May 2017.

“This month’s increase builds on the stronger guest night growth we saw last May, when it rose 7.3 percent from May 2016,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

“May is typically one of the quieter months for accommodation providers, as we head into cooler months,” Ms McKenzie said. “This contrasts with the summer peak, when nearly twice as many guest nights are spent in commercial accommodation.”

The growth in total guest nights was driven by more domestic guest nights spent in accommodation across New Zealand, and more international guest nights in the South Island. Together these increases offset a fall in international guest nights in the North Island.

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 2018 

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.

 

 

 

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.