The International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus has released the results of its 1998 convention income survey, conducted by Deloitte & Touche, LLP, an accounting and consulting firm. The participating 99 bureaus in the U.S. and Canada each surveyed up to 12 meetings from June 1997 to May 1998. CVBs sent questionnaires to delegates, exhibitors, and meeting planners.
* Delegates spend an average of $696 per event, or $231 per day, for a three-day meeting.
* About half of delegate spending goes toward lodging, while another quarter is spent on food and beverage.
* Associations/event sponsors spend an average of $68 per event for each delegate.