THE latest statistics compiled by the Hong Kong Convention and Incentive Bureau show the territory remains a highly popular destination for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and incentive travel. Last year, 270,086 visitors attended such events in Hong Kong - up 12.3 per cent compared with the previous year. There were 1,300 such events - up 21.6 per cent. A total of 301 association meetings and conventions were held - an increase of 17.1 per cent compared with 1992. The number of delegates also rose by two per cent - topping 65,600. Last year, Japan was the major country of origin of visitors attending these events with 8.8 per cent of all visitors. It was followed by the United States (7.1 per cent), Australia (five per cent), Britain (4.8 per cent) and China (4.5 per cent). The number of exhibitions and trade shows dropped 19 per cent, from 58 to 47, but attendance increased by 23.4 per cent. The drop in the number of events was due mainly to the shortfall in facilities. The situation is expected to continue until an extension to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is completed in 1997. Taiwan, the US and China continued to be the major source markets for visitors attending the exhibitions and trade shows. Last year, 12.8 per cent of the total number of visitors to exhibitions and trade shows came from Taiwan, followed by the US (9.9 per cent), Japan (8.9 per cent) and Britain (4.4 per cent). Scientific and technological, jewellery and watch, toys and leisure, fashion and accessories dominated this sector of the industry - accounting for more than 90 per cent of the total market. Last year, the average convention and exhibition visitor spent $20,767 during his or her stay - an average of 7.5 room nights.