May / June 2016 - page 1

The new hub layout of Convene
2016 paved the way for exciting and
interactive installations including
creative work fromWeta Workshop
sculptors and artists. Here’s Marty
the Hobbit, sometimes known as
Martin Boland, Business Events
Wellington, with Trish Ingram,
Auckland Conventions; Michael
Stokoe, Tourism New Zealand;
Lee Watkins, Stamford Plaza; and
Gillian Officer, SKYCITY Auckland
Convention Centre. Check out the full
Convene 2016 coverage on page 60.
(Photo by Rapley Photography).
Figures released by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment
(MBIE) for the year to December 2015 show
the average per night delegate spend is up 15
percent from 2014.
CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says
business events are a major growth sector for
New Zealand with international convention
delegates spending an estimated $350 per
night, twice as much as other visitors
to New Zealand. 
‘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.’
‘What’s not reflected here is the economic
impact these international delegates have
after they leave the country. We do not
account for the ongoing relationships,
transactions that happen. The numbers don’t
include the spending by their partners or
family either.'
Sullivan says the broader benefits of
a growing business events economy are
equally important.
‘New Zealand’s business events sector
provides key support for infrastructure
expertise and industry investment, with
the benefits spreading across both city and
regional economies.’
Business events on the
rise in New Zealand
Business events are generating high value for New
Zealand’s visitor industry, and it can only get better,
says Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).
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