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.

The following Convention Bureaux participate in the Business Events Research Programme:
* 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

MBIE's latest Quarterly Tourism Report is available on the MBIE website.

This report provides commentary on the body of tourism statistics in New Zealand, for the year ending June 2019.

The main tourism measures show that:

Growth in tourism spend has been shared across regions.
The slowdown in arrivals from China has been off-set by strong growth in arrivals from the United States and Australia.
New Zealand is becoming increasing popular with older visitors.

The main tourism measures show that growth in tourism spend has been shared across regions, and that the slowdown in arrivals from China has been off-set by strong growth in arrivals from the United States and Australia.

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.   

Tourism spending data for January 2020 released 

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) for January 2020 are now available on the MBIE website.

View the latest MRTEs

What the data says
Tourism spending was up in most regions for the year ending January 2020.  The Wellington Region had the highest growth in tourism spend, up seven per cent for the year ended January 2020. The growth was driven by an increase in international spend, up 12 per cent, and a smaller rise of four per cent for domestic spend. 
Taranaki and Auckland regions also showed strong growth, both up six per cent for the year ended January 2020. Taranaki's growth was driven by a 13 per cent increase in international spend, while domestic spend rose by four per cent. The Auckland growth was driven by international spend increase, up nine per cent, while domestic spend rose by two per cent. 

The West Coast, Tasman and Gisborne regions experienced a decline in total tourism spend for the year ended January 2020.  In the West Coast total spend declined by four per cent, and was driven by a decline in both international and domestic spend. Total spend declined by two per cent in Tasman and one per cent in Gisborne for the year ended January 2020. 
About MRTEs
The MRTEs were designed to estimate regional spending patterns and relativities between regions. MRTEs are indicative and best suited to analyse regional trends and should not be used to represent national spend trends. The International Visitor Survey is better placed to calculate total international spending.
Read the user guide 
Read the user guide 

International Travel Release

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

For more information about these statistics:
Visit International travel: January 2020  

International Visitor Survey (IVS)

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

International Visitor Survey - December 2019 

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) measures the expenditure, characteristics and behaviours of international visitors to New Zealand. The IVS for the year ended September 2019 is now available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website.

Read the IVS for the year ended December 2019

Business Event Arrivals

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.

Accommodation survey ends

This is the final release of accommodation survey information by Stats NZ with results for the September 2019 month. This decision was first announced in June 2019. 

“We would like to thank hotel, motel, backpacker, and holiday park operators for the time and effort they put into completing the survey for many years, for the benefit of the tourism sector and all New Zealanders,” Ms McKenzie said.

We continue to support the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in procuring a new provider to produce accommodation industry insights. For updates on the procurement process subscribe to MBIE’s tourism sector alerts.

In the meantime, Stats NZ and MBIE will continue to provide a range of statistics that inform the accommodation and tourism industries. These include:
International Visitor Survey (IVS) – quarterly report on spending by overseas visitors to New Zealand. 
Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs), estimate of regional monthly expenditure on tourism from both international and domestic consumers. 
Retail trade survey – accommodation sales series which provides quarterly data on the accommodation sector’s actual and seasonally-adjusted sales volumes.  
New Zealand business demography statistics – provides an annual snapshot of the characteristics of businesses, including the numbers of accommodation and food services businesses and how many people they employ. 
Labour market statistics – quarterly employment survey provides data on full time employees in the accommodation and food services sector. 
Linked employer-employee data – provides more detailed accommodation employment data based on tax records. 
International travel statistics – provides monthly estimates of arrivals and departures of overseas visitors and New Zealand residents.

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

Latest releases:
Accommodation Survey: September 2019
Accommodation Survey: August 2019
Accommodation Survey: July 2019
Accommodation Survey: June 2019
Accommodation Survey: May 2019
Accommodation Survey: April 2019
Accommodation Survey: March 2019
Accommodation Survey: February 2019
Accommodation Survey: January 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.