International convention visitor spend up 17% in New Zealand

New Zealand, 9th April: New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MIBE) recently released its annual Convention Delegate Survey (CDS). The survey revealed that the total spend by international convention delegates was up 17% compared to 2016.

According to the survey, multi-day convention delegates generated approximately 1,080,000 visitor nights in New Zealand and spent an estimated of NZ$506 million (US$371 million) in 2017. Nightly spend for international convention delegates was 50% more than the average nightly spend of all international visitors to New Zealand. The survey also revealed that the total number of delegates increased by 9% and length of stay was up 20% to 7.2 nights.

Sue Sullivan, chief executive, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), stated, “This can only grow as our value proposition strengthens, and we gear up for a major new convention centre and hotel infrastructure which will give us the ability to cater for much larger multi-day conventions… New Zealand’s business events sector provides key support for infrastructure development, business relationships, knowledge transfer and industry investment, with the benefits spreading across both city and regional economies.”

Sources: CEI article, TTGmice article