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) December 2017

The number of business events grew, while delegate numbers remained steady

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released the results of the Convention Activity Survey for the year ended December 2017 today.

Highlights from the year to December 2017 include:
The number of delegates was steady at 3.5 million – a similar level to that in December 2016 year. 
The total number of delegate days was steady at 4.3 million – a similar level to the previous year. 
Meetings and seminars comprised 68 per cent of all events, and 42 per cent of all delegate days - the number of meeting and seminar events increased 13 per cent from 28,500 to 32,300, delegates increased 7 percent from 1.49 million to 1.6 million, and delegate days increased 6 per cent from 1.7 million to 1.81 million.
The number of conference and convention events declined – the number of conference and convention events declined 3 per cent from 5,300 to 5,100, delegates decreased 6 per cent from 584,600 to 550,500, and delegate days dropped 6 per cent from 1.01 million to 0.96 million.
Auckland was the most popular location for multi-day events – Auckland hosted the largest proportion of multi-day meetings and seminars coming in at 37 per cent, generating 36 per cent of total multi-day meetings and seminars delegate days in the December 2017 year. 

The Convention Activity Survey monitors and benchmarks the performance of more than 300 professional conferencing and meeting venues in New Zealand.

Read the full CAS report for the year ended December 2017


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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

Regional tourism spending data for March 2018 released
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The latest Monthly Regional Tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions for the year to March 2018.

Key points:
The region with the fastest-growing tourism spend over the year ended March 2018 was the West Coast, which increased 14 per cent to $557 million, followed by Taranaki, which increased 13 per cent to $387 million, and Otago, which increased 12 per cent to $3.8 billion.

All regions in New Zealand saw double-digit growth in international spending, with the West Coast being the only region where domestic spending grew more than international spending.

The largest increases in monthly tourism spending were in Gisborne (up 40 per cent), Taranaki (up 23 per cent) and Marlborough (up 22 per cent).

Otago tourism spending was also up 21 per cent in March 2018 compared with March 2017, with Ed Sheeran concerts held in Dunedin, likely contributing to this result.
 
Read the RTO factsheets.

View the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.

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

View the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.

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

Business Events Arrivals - February 2018

CINZ Commentary

February AU arrival figures reflect the seasonality of the business events sector from Australia with a positive 3,280 delegate arrivals for the month – up 19% on February 2017.

Another positive result with year to date growth sitting at 4% and 41,536 BE arrivals. This is a promising sign of another strong year for New Zealand and Business Events arrivals from our largest off-shore market.

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
Business Event Arrivals: August 2017
Business Event Arrivals: July 2017
Business Event Arrivals: June 2017
Business Event Arrivals: May 2017
Business Event Arrivals: April 2017
Business Event Arrivals: March 2017
Business Event Arrivals: February 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.

Holiday parks hopping for early Easter - March 2018

An early Easter helped lift holiday park guest nights by 25 percent in March 2018 – there were 188,000 more guest nights than the same month in 2017, Stats NZ said today.

“Two days of the Easter weekend falling in March this year was the most significant driver of guest night increases when compared with March 2017,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said. “Warm weather in March may have also been a factor.”

Total guest nights, including all accommodation types, rose 8.0 percent in March 2018 compared with the quieter March 2017, when the Easter holiday fell completely in April.

When the movement of the Easter holiday and other seasonal effects are accounted for, guest nights rose 0.7 percent in March 2018 from February 2018.

Holiday parks led the increase in guest nights. Kiwis spent 135,000 more nights in holiday park accommodation and international guests spent 52,000 more nights than the previous March.

“Holiday park guest nights often spike and fall in the months of March and April due to the movement of Easter. This month’s increase is similar to what was seen in March 2016, when all of Easter fell in the month,” Ms McKenzie said.

In the 12 months to March 2018, nights spent in holiday park accommodation numbered 8.2 million – 8.9 percent higher than the previous March year.

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.

See DataInfo+ for information on improved seasonal adjustment.

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: March 201

New website is live, https://www.stats.govt.nz/

 

 

 


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.