Convention visitors show growth for New Zealand
The Convention Delegate Survey released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for the year to December 2017 shows business events are a major growth sector for New Zealand with nightly spend for international convention delegates over 50 per cent higher than the average nightly spend of all international visitors.
Multi-day convention delegates stayed an estimated 1,080,000 visitor nights in New Zealand, while the average per-person per-night spend for all delegates who spent time away from home to attend conferences was NZ$385.
The Convention Delegate Survey shows strong growth in international convention delegate spend was driven by an increase in delegates (up 9 per cent), and length of stay (up 20 per cent to 7.2 nights), but offset by a fall in nightly spend (down 10 per cent from 2016 to NZ$299).
“This can only grow as our value proposition strengthens, and we gear up for major new convention centre and hotel infrastructure which will give us the ability to cater for much larger multi-day conventions,” said Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) CEO Sue Sullivan.