NZ CONVENTION SPIKE
THE number of visitors from overseas entering New Zealand in Dec to attend a conference or convention jumped a massive 65% year-on-year to 4,432 delegates, data from Statistics New Zealand indicates.
The figure was the highest in recent history, some 500 more than in Dec 2013.
Conferences and conventions lured 65,824 participants throughout the year, up close to 3,000 more people than in 2015, or 4.7%.
Despite a significant increase in visitors from Australia in the last month of 2016 (up 800), across the whole year there was a dip of 928 delegates.
The number of arrivals from China travelling to NZ for the same purpose surged 69% for the year ending Dec, up to 3,056 while Japan visitation was also elevated, up 46% to 1,632.