Tourism statistics give you information about the tourism industry in New Zealand. Find information about:
- expenditure by domestic and international visitors
- contribution to GDP
- tourism employment
- arrivals and departures by overseas visitors and New Zealand-resident travellers.
Statistics about tourism also include information on total expenditure by international students in New Zealand less than 12 months (consistent with the definition of a tourist) comprising course fees, living costs, airfares on resident airlines, and other related expenditure.
Upcoming system change
International travel and migration data will soon be processed using a new, upgraded processing system, starting with August 2016 data. This new system uses improved methodology, which takes greater account of travellers' history in addition to intentions stated on the arrival and departure cards. It also makes greater use of automation in the processing and classification of passenger types.
For more information, see our International Travel and Migration processing system changes in August 2016 note in DataInfo+.
Review of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's tourism statistics (Published 2015)
This review assesses the systems and processes used to produce the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's official tourism statistics, and identifies areas for improvement.
Tourism Satellite Account: 2015 is now available.
2015 revisions to New Zealand’s macroeconomic accounts
Information on the revisions we will make to 2015 macroeconomic statistics.
Analyse the numbers.
Select the following categories from the Infoshare homepage for annual data about tourism:
Subject category: Tourism
Groups: Accommodation Survey, International Travel and Migration, and Tourism Satellite Account
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International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand
Monthly report containing detailed tables and graphs of monthly and annual data, showing the number and characteristics of visitor arrivals.
Provisional international travel statistics
Weekly release of provisional travel statistics with weekly and four-weekly data on visitor arrivals to, and resident departures from, New Zealand.
International Visitor Survey tables
Quarterly data on the characteristics, behaviour, and expenditure of international visitors. The data is sourced from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the tables are available in NZ.Stat.
Find out more about the International Visitor Survey.
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For enquiries about the International Visitor Survey, email TR_SharedMailbox@mbie.govt.nz.
Reports and articles
Explore information we’ve gathered from research and analysis.
Tourism Satellite Account
The annual Tourism Satellite Account is a key source of information about the important role tourism plays in the New Zealand economy. It presents information on changing trends, the impact of tourism activity, and tourism’s contribution to the New Zealand economy.
Related information releases
Explore our latest tourism statistics.
International Travel and Migration
This monthly release provides information on the number of overseas visitors, New Zealand resident travellers, and permanent and long-term migrants entering or leaving New Zealand.
This monthly release provides information on short-term commercial accommodation activity at a regional and national level.
Explore information on topics related to tourism.
International and domestic tourists in New Zealand often stay in short-term accommodation, such as hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, or holiday parks. The type of information Statistics NZ collects about short-term accommodation includes regional data, capacity, occupancy rates, and guest nights.
Balance of Payments and International Investment Position
Find out how money spent by international tourists contributes to New Zealand's balance of payments and international investment position. These statistics also provide a comprehensive record of New Zealand's economic relationship with the rest of the world.