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

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 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 - February 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: March 2019

Visitor arrivals dip down in March – Media release

Visitor arrivals in March 2019 were down 10,100 compared with the same month last year, Stats NZ said.

The total number of visitor arrivals was 378,300 in March 2019.

Visitor arrivals were down for most countries compared with the same month last year. The largest drops were in arrivals from:
Australia (down 12,600) 
United Kingdom (down 4,400) 
Hong Kong (down 2,800) 
China (down 2,400).
“Although visitor arrivals in March 2019 were down compared with March 2018, they actually tracked higher for the first three weeks of March,” said population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers.

“However, visitor numbers are much lower compared with the latter half of March 2018.”

March visitor numbers are likely affected by the timing of the Easter holiday – late March in 2018 and mid-April in 2017 and 2019. The 15 March 2019 mosque attacks in Christchurch may have had some impact on visitor numbers. A clearer picture should emerge over the coming months.

Total visitor arrivals for the year ended March 2019 were 3.87 million, up 47,900 (1.3 percent) from the year ended March 2018.

United States props up otherwise down month

An exception to the general decrease in visitor numbers in March 2019 were visitors from the United States. These were up 7,700 (19 percent) compared with the same month last year.

Most visitors from the US flew in through Auckland airport, which had 39,100 visitor arrivals from the US in March 2019. Other ports were:
Christchurch, with 3,200 visitor arrivals from the US 
Queenstown, with 2,800 
Dunedin seaport, with 1,600.

A new direct route between Chicago and Auckland began flying from 30 November 2018.  Since its inception it has accounted for an additional 6,800 visitor arrivals from the US, 1,800 of whom arrived in March 2019.

Visitor arrivals from the US were up 22,200 in the year ended March 2019, a total increase of 6.5 percent compared with the year ended March 2018.

More Kiwis fly back from Australia

There were 195,000 New Zealand-resident traveller arrivals in March 2019, up 11,800 from the same month last year. Compared with March 2018 there were 7,200 more New Zealand-resident travellers who arrived back from Australia. Other major changes in New Zealand-resident traveller arrivals were from:
India (up 1,500) 
Indonesia (up 1,400) 
Fiji (up 1,000).

The total number of New Zealand-resident traveller arrivals for the year ended March 2019 was 3.05 million, up 175,300 from the year ended March 2018.

For more information about these statistics:
Visit International travel: March 2019 

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 - March 2019
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

Additional analysis of the IVS will be released in the next Quarterly Tourism Report, released 6 June 2019.

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.

March guest nights lack last Easter’s lift – Media release

Total guest nights spent in hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks fell 4.0 percent in March 2019 compared with a busy March 2018, due to the timing of Easter, Stats NZ said today.

“Guest nights fell across the country in March this year compared with last year, when Easter occurred partly in March,” accommodation statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

March 2019 guest night numbers were 3.7 percent higher than March 2017, a more comparable month as Easter was in mid-April in 2017.

Both international and domestic guests spent fewer nights in commercial accommodation in March 2019 compared with March 2018, down 5.7 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.

The timing of Easter also impacted international visitor arrivals. See Visitor arrivals dip down in March.

March’s monthly numbers may also have been affected by events in the South Island. The Nelson area was battling significant fires during February into early March, Christchurch guest nights may have been impacted by the mosque attacks of 15 March, and flooding on the West Coast caused road and bridge closures from 26 March.

When the movement of the Easter holiday and other seasonal factors are accounted for, total guest nights rose 1.2 percent in March 2019 from February 2019.

Annual guest nights rose 0.6 percent for the year ended March 2019, compared with the March 2018 year. This was the smallest annual increase since 2013. Annual guest night growth peaked at 6.5 percent in the year ended November 2016.

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 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.