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) June 2018

Business events activity slowed down

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released the results of the Convention Activity Survey for the year ended June 2018. 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 June 2018 include:
The number of business events decreased 6 percent to 45,400 – from 48,500 in previous (June 2017) year.
The number of delegates decreased 2 percent to 3.66 million – from 3.74 million in previous year.
The total number of delegate days decreased 1 percent to 4.52 million – from 4.54 million in previous year.
The slowdown of the business events activity was mainly driven by the decline of meetings and seminars events activity – the number of meeting and seminar events decreased 7 percent from 32,400 to 30,200, delegates decreased 6 percent from 1.66 million to 1.55 million, and delegate days decreased 5 percent from 1.88 million to 1.79 million, compared to June 2017 year.
The conference and convention events activity also contributed to the slowdown of the business events activity – the number of conference and convention events decreased 3 percent from 5,300 to 5200, delegates decreased 7 percent from 598,100 to 558,000, and delegate days dropped 2 percent from 1.02 million to 1 million, compared to June 2017 year.
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 39 percent from 36 percent in previous year. It generated 38 percent of total multi-day meetings and seminars delegate days in the June 2018 year.

Read the full report on MBIE's website

Read the full CAS report for the year ended June 2018


Latest Reports
Convention Activity Survey Report year ended December 2017

Click here for more information and earlier releases.


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
 
Latest Reports 
Click here to view the Convention Delegate Survey - Year Ended December 2017

Click here for more information and earlier releases.


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 September 2018

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTE) for August are now available on the MBIE website.

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

Click here for more information including earlier releases.


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.

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.

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

Click here for more information and earlier releases.


Business Event Arrivals

CINZ Australian Office Commentary - September 2018

A small percentage growth was recorded for September business event arrivals from Australia of just 2.1%. Overall growth of 3.6% for year-end September 2018 with 42,816 AU delegates over the past 12 months.

Insights:
* We are likely to see a trend for corporate events to be smaller but more frequent. The reason being so they can customise their events to a specific group rather than holding one event for a wide variety of groups. This feedback has been sourced from a number of PCOs and Event Management companies over the past few months.

* In addition, we will see a trend of more events arising out of communities which are often built around a problem.

* Currently, we are seeing clients valuing the conference design, which means customisation is key to every event, as the value to delegates is their legacy and the reason why they may attend again. In other words, the focus for events is not so much on function, but on emotion and life changing.

* Another noticeable trend this year is the emphasis on food and beverage, particularly its quality AND presentation, as well as extended time to allow for more networking within the programme.

Business Event Arrivals: September 2018
Business Event Arrivals: August 2018
Business Event Arrivals: June 2018
Business Event Arrivals: May 2018
Business Event Arrivals: April 2018
Business Event Arrivals: March 2018
Business Event Arrivals: February 2018
Business Event Arrivals: January 2018
Business Event Arrivals: December 2017
Business Event Arrivals: November 2017
Business Event Arrivals: October 2017
Business Event Arrivals: September 2017


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.

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.

 

 

 

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.