New Zealand international delegate spending grows in 2017, but domestic spending falls

    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment published (Apr-2018) its 2017 Convention Delegate Survey, reporting spending by international delegates to multi-day convention and conferences in New Zealand grew strongly, while spending by domestic delegates fell. Key findings include:

    • Multi-day convention and conference delegates spent an estimated NZD506 million (USD368.1 million) within New Zealand, down 14% year-on-year, with NZD153 million (USD111.3 million) by international delegates (up 17%), NZD86 million (USD62.6 million) by local delegates (down 39%) and NZD267 million (USD194.2 million) by other domestic delegates (down 16%);
    • Multi-day convention delegates stayed an estimated total of 1,080,000 visitor nights in New Zealand over 2017. This includes both international delegates and domestic delegates from outside the event region;
    • On average, each international delegate spent NZD2151 (USD1565) in New Zealand. Spend per domestic delegate was NZD1435 (USD1044), while spend per local delegate was NZD597 (USD434);
    • International delegates stayed an average of 7.2 nights in New Zealand (4.4 nights in the event region and 2.8 nights elsewhere in New Zealand), spending an estimated NZD299 (USD218) per night;
    • Domestic delegates (New Zealand delegates from outside the event region) stayed an average of 3.1 nights in the event region, spending an estimated NZD461 (USD335) per night. [more – original PR]