International Visitor Survey June 2019

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) measures the expenditure, characteristics and behaviours of international visitors to New Zealand. The IVS for the year ended June 2019 is now available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website. Additional analysis of the IVS will be released in the next Quarterly Tourism Report, released 12 September 2019.

For the year ended June 2019, total spending of international visitors was $11.2 billion, up from $11.1 billion in the year ended June 2018 (up one per cent, but not statistically significant).

For our main markets, Japan grew eight per cent to $273 million, the USA grew seven per cent to $1.38 billion, while China grew two percent to $1.69 billion and the UK fell six per cent to $979 million. None of these movements were statistically significant.

Growth in spending for holidaymakers was unchanged over the year.

IVS revisions

Stats NZ publishes International Travel statistics.
To meet IVS deadlines, Stats NZ supplied early provisional unpublished data, before data processing was complete, to MBIE for the December 2018 month. MBIE have now used the final data published by Stats NZ and have revised the IVS spend figures for the year ended December 2018 and the year ended March 2019.

Key facts:

Overall changes are mostly minor and not statistically significant, with the exception of the "other" purpose of visit spending category.
People travelling to New Zealand for other purposes, such as education, conferences and conventions or not stated or unknown, was revised down $104 million in years ended December 2018 and March 2019. This was offset by a rise in holiday/vacation visitors (up $97 million for both periods).
Overall international spending was revised from $11.16 billion to $11.18 billion (up 0.2 per cent) in the year ended December 2018, and from $11.23 billion to $11.25 billion (up 0.2 per cent) in the year ended March 2019.
All of the top six markets were revised by less than one per cent for both December and March. None of these differences were statistically significant

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International Visitor Survey June 2019