International Visitor Survey (IVS)

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) measures the expenditure, characteristics and behaviours of international visitors to New Zealand.

Update: 20 August 2020

As previously signalled, the IVS has been unable to be run at international airports since the border closures near the end of March 2020. This reduced the size of the March 2020 quarter's sample, and has led to no survey data being collected in the June 2020 quarter.

While the majority of international tourism expenditure has stopped over this period, there still remains a small amount that is important to measure for key macroeconomic statistics, such as the Balance of Payments and the National Accounts.

Stats NZ and MBIE have collaborated in developing a model of international expenditure using electronic card transaction data and international visitor numbers. This was first published on 03 June 2020 as an experimental model on the Stats NZ website(external link). Since then, we have further developed the model, it will be updated with June 2020 quarter data and published on 02 September 2020 on the Stats NZ website. It will include expenditure by country of origin (United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Germany, Korea, the UK and the Rest of World) and purpose (business, other/personal travel) of visit.

Please note that only expenditure is modelled. Other variables published as part of the IVS release (such as travel methods, visitor satisfaction, and locations travelled to), will not be available until a sufficient sample can be obtained from interviews in international airports. This means that there will unfortunately be a break in the historical series, but there is no practical way of collecting this information for the near future. We will continue to monitor the situation.

In this section

IVS data release materials

This page provides high-level summaries of international visitor information in a variety of formats — infographic, key data table and pivot tables.

Impact of COVID-19 on the March 2020 IVS release

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected the IVS collection this quarter. As such, we recommend treating these results with caution. In addition, MBIE and Stats NZ are exploring alternatives to the survey collection for the June and future quarters.

June 2019 revisions to the IVS

Stats NZ publishes International Travel statistics which are used in the calculation of the International Visitor Survey (IVS).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 obtained 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.

IVS survey quality

This page explains what we do to attempt to reduce sampling error in the International Visitor Survey (IVS).

IVS analysis and research

Articles providing a deeper analysis of the International Visitor Survey (IVS) data.

IVS review 2018

Stats NZ has completed a review of the International Visitor Survey (IVS). The details of the review and the review team, and the reports produced, are available on this page.

IVS methodology

Information about the International Visitor Survey (IVS) methodology, including its purpose, quality targets, population, sampling structure and collection, data processing, analysis and outputs.

IVS questionnaire and brochures

Information about the International Visitor Survey (IVS), including links to the PDF version of the questionnaire and brochures.

IVS classifications and definitions

A list of International Visitor Survey (IVS) terms and classifications, to assist with interpreting the data.

IVS data available from Stats NZ

This page provides links to some of the detailed International Visitor Survey data that Stats NZ host through its NZ.Stat tool.

IVS background and redevelopment

When the International Visitor Survey (IVS) started, and how it has developed since, including a major update in 2013.

IVS data download

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) microdata are available on this page for re-use by specialist analysts.

Last updated: 20 August 2020