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International convention visitors show growth for New Zealand

International convention visitors show growth for New Zealand
April 11, 2018

Business events are generating high value for New Zealand’s visitor industry, and it can only get better, according to Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

The newly released Convention Delegate Survey (CDS) from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for the year to December 2017 shows the total spend by international convention delegates was up 17% compared to 2016.

 CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says business events are a major growth sector for New Zealand with nightly spend for international convention delegates over 50% higher than the average nightly spend of all international visitors.

Sullivan advised “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.

“These figures do not reflect the economic impact these international delegates have after they leave the country. We do not account for the ongoing relationships, knowledge transfer or commercial transactions that happen. The numbers don’t include the spending by their partners or family either.

“The broader benefits of a growing business events economy are equally important. 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.”

Multi-day convention delegates stayed an estimated 1,080,000 visitor nights in New Zealand and they spent an estimated $506 million in 2017. The average per-person per-night spend for all delegates who spent time away from home to attend conferences was $385.

 Sullivan adds “the total spend was down on last year’s $588m which was driven by high domestic growth in 2016, but still a good step up from $472 million in 2015.”

The Convention Delegate Survey shows strong growth in international convention delegate spend was driven by an increase in delegates (up 9%), and length of stay (up 20% to 7.2 nights), but offset by a fall in nightly spend (down 10% from 2016 to $299).

Click here to download the full report. 

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