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.