International Visitor Survey - December 2019

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) measures the expenditure, characteristics and behaviours of international visitors to New Zealand. The IVS for the year ended December 2019 is now available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website.

Key highlights include (for the year ended December 2019):
Total spending of international visitors was $11.47 billion, up from $11.18 billion in the year ended December 2018 (up three per cent, but not statistically significant).
For our main markets: 
Australia grew six per cent to $2.74 billion
China grew three per cent to $1.73 billion
USA grew 29 per cent to $1.53 billion
UK grew 15 per cent to $1.04 billion
Germany expenditure fell one per cent to $573 million
Spending for holidaymakers (those here just for a holiday, rather than on business or to see friends or family) fell one per cent over the year to $7.03 billion. 

Please note, this IVS release doesn't include any impact from the COVID-19 outbreak. Any impact will be included in the IVS for the year ending March 2020, available in May 2020.  

MBIE's Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTE) provide estimates of regional tourism expenditure in New Zealand.  The MRTEs for January 2020 will be available on 5 March and will show what, if any impact the White Island/Whakaari eruption has had on the Bay of Plenty economy.

Read the IVS for the year ended December 2019

International Visitor Survey - December 2019