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.
International visitor spending shows strong growth
The latest International Visitor Survey results released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show:
• Spending by international visitors in New Zealand increased seven per cent to $11.1 billion for the year to September 2018.
• There was an increase of $650 million compared with the year ended September 2017.
• China spend contributed to the overall rise, up 14 per cent to $1.63 billion in the year ended September 2018. This coincided with a rise in the number of visitors from China, up 11 per cent over the same period. Average spend per visitor also grew, up four per cent.
• Visitor spend from Germany showed strong growth, up a statistically significant 16 per cent to $572 million for the year ended September 2018. German average spend was up 17 per cent to $5,900. A weaker New Zealand dollar against the Euro (down nine per cent over the year) has meant that European visitors' money goes further and they are able to spend more when while in New Zealand.
• More detail and insight into what’s happening in New Zealand’s tourism sector is available in the Quarterly Tourism Report.
• Read more about the International Visitor Survey results.
International Visitor Survey for the year ended September 2018
Click here for more information and earlier releases.
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.
Record annual guest nights surpass 40 million – Media release
Nights spent in short-term commercial accommodation set a new record in the year ended September 2018, surpassing 40 million guest nights for the first time, Stats NZ said today.
Annual guest nights exceeded 30 million in the year ended July 2004, and were over 20 million in the year ended June 1997, when annual records began.
“Since guest nights reached 30 million 14 years ago, hotels have led the growth, accounting for more than a third of all guest nights in 2018,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.
“Annually, guests spent more nights in hotels than motels for the first time in 2008, when motel nights dipped during the global financial crisis. Since then hotels have consistently been the largest provider of short-term commercial guest nights in New Zealand.”
Annual guest nights in Queenstown–Lakes district grew the most in the last 14 years. Following the Canterbury earthquakes (2010/11), Queenstown–Lakes district took over from Christchurch as the second largest territorial authority area for guest nights.
“Guest nights spent in Queenstown–Lakes district are now approaching levels seen in central Auckland,” Ms McKenzie said.
In the month of September 2018, total guest nights rose 2.9 percent, compared with September 2017.
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: September 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.
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