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 - December 2018

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 2017
Click here for more information and earlier releases.

Quarterly Tourism Report

This quarter MBIE present the national context for tourism in the year ending December 2018 (and for the December 2018 quarter where available).

The key insights of the report include:

International visitor spending continues to grow
Other Asia drives the spend growth
Exchange rates were likely to have boosted international spend
Seasonally adjusted spend was up over the quarter
Holidaymakers continue to be the main source of growth in visitors to New Zealand
A weaker December for domestic tourism has affected the regions
Mixed signals for Chinese New Year 2019

Read the full report

New Zealand Tourism Forecasts

2018-2024 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 2018-2024 period with the following key messages: 

Key Messages
* Visitor arrivals are forecast to reach 5.1 million by 2024 4
* International spend is forecast to reach nearly $15 billion by 2024 4
* China is expected to become our largest market by spend 4
* Australia will remain our largest source of visitor arrivals

Latest Reports

2018-2024 international tourism forecasts
Click here to view previous tourism forecasts

Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTE)

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) provide an estimate of regional monthly expenditure on tourism from both international and domestic consumers.

Latest Reports

Click here to view the latest MRTE - January 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.

Latest Reports

International travel: January 2019

Key facts

In January 2019 compared with January 2018, overseas visitor arrivals were up 20,100 to 399,300. The biggest changes were in arrivals from:

Australia (up 7,800)
China (up 6,600)
United States (up 2,000).

The number of New Zealand residents returning from an overseas trip in January 2019 was up 4,100 from January 2018, to 320,900. The biggest changes were in arrivals from:

Indonesia (up 2,300)
United States (up 1,300)
Japan (up 1,200)
Philippines (up 1,100).

Visitor numbers across all age groups increased in January 2019 when compared with January 2018. The largest increases were:

under 15s (up 5,400)
35–44-year olds (up, 4,400)
25–34-year olds (up, 3,300).

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 - December 2018
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

International Visitor Survey Commentary
This commentary provides context around key points in the latest quarterly release of the International Visitor Survey (IVS).

Click her for the quarterly release for the year ending September 2018 a Quarterly Tourism Report brings together a range of tourism releases to produce a narrative of the performance of the tourism sector over the last quarter and year.

Business Event Arrivals

CINZ Australia Commentary

November is traditionally one of our highest business event visitor arrivals months from Australia. Month end November 2018 didn’t disappoint with 5,100 visitors up 8.1%. This was followed by an equally robust December month-end with 2,428 visitors up 23.4%. Australia continues to remain strong with 43,192 overall business event visitors year-end December. This equates to 56% of all international business event arrivals.

The Stats NZ 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 flat in January - Media Release (14/3/19)

The total number of guest nights spent in hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks in January 2019 was almost identical to January 2018, Stats NZ said today.

Overall guest nights in January were flat. International guests spent fewer nights in backpackers and holiday parks, while Kiwis spent more nights in short-term commercial accommodation.

“Flat guest nights this January may reflect increased popularity in other types of accommodation,” accommodation and construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

“Some accommodation types not measured in commercial accommodation statistics include people staying with friends and relatives, bed and breakfasts, freedom camping, and holiday houses,” Ms McKenzie said.

Guest nights usually peak in January

Accommodation is a seasonal industry, and January is the peak month.

“January months often see New Zealanders making the most of the good weather and summer holiday break from work and school,” Ms McKenzie said.

New guest night records were set in each of the four previous Januarys but not this year. January 2019 guest nights fell slightly short of January 2018’s record 4.97 million nights.
Holiday parks are the most seasonal of the four accommodation types in the accommodation survey. Kiwis helped boost guest nights in holiday parks, up 0.8 percent to a record 1.7 million in January 2019.

For more information about these statistics: 
Visit 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.