IVS commentary

Year to June 2016

International visitor spend now stands at $10.3 billion, growing by 18 percent in the June 2016 year, shown by the latest International Visitor Survey released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Spend across most major markets and by all purposes of visit were growing. In particular, South Korea (up 92 per cent to $293 million), Japan (up 57 per cent to $287 million) and China (up 33 per cent to $1.8 billion) have showed significant growth in the June 2016 year.

[image] International visitors to New Zealand expenditure

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China visitor spend has continued to grow rapidly in this period and is still the largest contributor to the expenditure growth - increasing $447 million in the June 2016 year. At the same time Australia, - currently New Zealand’s largest tourism market - has kept growing steadily, up 8 per cent to $2.5 billion.

These latest results show there is continued growth across all other tourism markets.

The International Visitor Survey is based on results from approximately 8,800 visitors departing New Zealand airports, with data released quarterly.

Summary statistics are available in the IVS key data table.

All survey estimates are subject to sampling uncertainty, and hence the IVS key data table indicates statistically significant changes in red (decreases) and green (increases) font. Further details, including relative margins of error for the most common combinations of variables, are available on the IVS data reliability page.

The data tables on NZ.Stat will be updated in roughly two weeks.


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