As corporate travel booms across Asia Pacific, the concept of bleisure is gaining traction, spurring the region's cities to better integrate opportunities for leisure amid busy business trips. According to the study called '2019 bleisure barometer: Asia's best cities for work and recreation', out of 26 Asian cities, Tokyo ranks number one in the region for its combination of business and leisure - or bleisure - appeal for travellers.
Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong and Melbourne join the Japanese capital as 'five-star' bleisure destinations, based on a quantitative barometer included in the new Economist Intelligence Unit study.
One significant finding from the study is that Asia's best cities for bleisure are not necessarily its most liveable. Although the specific questions used in the survey were inspired by ourGlobal Liveability Index, some striking differences emerge. For example, wealthy cities such as Auckland, New Zealand, and Adelaide, Australia, sit atop the league tables for liveability, but drastically underperform on bleisure. Meanwhile, Shanghai and Beijing, while rarely considered highly liveable, show their rising business might in the bleisure study, filling the four-star tier.
The study also assesses specific aspects of the bleisure experience, such as what makes for a successful business trip and what travellers look for in their leisurely diversions. On the former question, ease of transportation takes the top spot, followed closely by safety and orderliness of streets/urban areas and quality of business facilities. On the question of leisure activities, dining out won by a large margin, with visiting local historical or heritage sites and going to an art museum/gallery ranking second and third.
Asia's top cities for bleisure are:
4. Hong Kong