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Provisional international travel statistics

Introduction 

Stats NZ releases provisional international travel statistics on this webpage each week. The latest available weekly and four-weekly information is provided for short-term overseas visitor and New Zealand resident arrivals. Data in the workbooks are published for 10 main source and 10 main destination countries, as well as for world regions and totals. The CSV files include additional source and main destination countries. Four-weekly and weekly data series are provisional and may be revised.

Weekly international travel statistics
We have implemented a new migration processing system to offset the removal of the departure card. NZ resident arrival tables have replaced the NZ resident departure tables we previously published.

The provisional data are released to enable the tourism industry to monitor short-term travel on a regular and timely basis.

Release of data
This weekly data is intended to be released after 2pm on a Wednesday.

No other four-weekly or weekly data will be available prior to the official release of data for the reference month via the International Travel and International Migration information releases.

Introducing the new CSV files
Two new CSV files are now available, as an alternative way of accessing provisional international travel data. The CSV files provide additional variables for overseas visitor and NZ resident arrivals for the first time, including: two extra main source and one extra main destination countries; length of stay or absence; main travel purpose; and selected NZ ports. You can find them under Available files.

Length of stay or absence
We’ve changed the methodology to determine length of stay for overseas visitors and length of absence for resident arrivals.

Before November 2018, visitors’ length of stay in New Zealand was captured from their intentions on the arrival card. Visitors who departed before processing was completed for their month of arrival had their length of stay recalculated based on their actual stay. From November 2018, all visitors have their length of stay calculated based on their actual stay.

Before November 2018, residents’ length of absence away from New Zealand was captured from their intentions on the departure card. Residents who arrived before processing was completed for their month of departure had their length of absence recalculated based on their actual absence. From November 2018, all residents have their length of absence calculated on their actual absence.

The change was introduced in the provisional international travel statistics for the week ended 16 December 2018.

Rounding
All passenger counts are now rounded to the nearest 10. Totals may differ due to rounding and individual figures may not sum to totals. The rounding was implemented to allow the extra detail in the new CSV files.

Sampling
Before November 2018, total of all countries is based on sample counts in the csv files. This differs from the Excel workbooks where total of all countries is based on actual counts. 

Page updated 27 February 2019

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