International Visitor Survey review 2018

Stats NZ completed a review of the International Visitor Survey (IVS) in 2018.

Review purpose

The purpose of the review was to ensure that the IVS provides an accurate estimate of tourism expenditure, and to recommend any improvements that might be required for the survey to meet the needs of Government and industry.

Review documents

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the review were published in December 2017.

Terms of Reference for a Review of the International Visitor Survey [PDF, 144 KB]

Final report

The final report, published in July 2018, is available on the Stats NZ website.

International Visitor Survey review 2018: Final report(external link)

Our response to the final report

Our official response to the final report was published in July 2018.

2018 International Visitor Survey: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Response [PDF, 337 KB]

Progress reports

Progress reports on the review were published from March to June 2018:

Review team

The review was conducted by a panel that includes Ian Cope, Paul Brown and Vic Duoba.

Ian Cope is an Executive Director at the UK Office for National Statistics currently on secondment to Stats NZ. Ian has spent his career in official statistics and has experience in business and household surveys; was responsible for the operational aspects of the 2011 Census in England and Wales; and has worked in National Accounts production. Ian has extensive programme management experience, including Gateway reviews of high-risk projects in the UK.

Paul Brown is a Principal Statistician and Respondent Advocate at Stats NZ. He has over 40 years’ experience as a public sector statistician managing the production of official statistics on households and businesses. In recent years Paul has led several reviews of official statistics.

Vic Duoba has an MSc in mathematics and a Diploma in Statistics and Operations Research. He has worked a total of 30 years in Stats NZ, interspersed with employment in The Treasury (5 years), Office for National Statistics (UK, 5 years), Department of Labour and Taranaki Healthcare. His private sector work has included development of a supply/demand microsimulation model for an analytics firm in the UK, and contracting as a business analyst and applications developer in NZ. Statistical interests are sample survey design and analytics.