IVS commentary

Year to September 2016

International visitor spend now stands at $10.1 billion, growing by 7 percent in the September 2016 year, shown by the latest International Visitor Survey released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

After a period of very rapid growth, international visitor spend has begun to stabilise.

Spend has shown slow growth across most major markets and purposes of visit. The South Korean market (up 90 percent to $297 million) and holiday / vacation visitor spend (up 11 percent to $6.3 billion) have shown significant growth in the September 2016 year.

[image] International visitors to New Zealand expenditure

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Chinese visitor spend has continued to grow in this period and is still the largest contributor to the expenditure growth - increasing $191 million in the September 2016 year. Australia - currently New Zealand’s largest tourism market - has been flat, up only 1 percent to $2.4 billion.

The International Visitor Survey is based on results from approximately 8,200 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 recent earthquake has caused significant disruption to Statistics New Zealand and their websites. This will delay the new data being added to the data tables NZ.Stat. We will work with Statistics New Zealand to update these tables once their websites are restored.


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