Cvent Inc., a market leader in meetings, events and hospitality technology, released last week its annual list of top cities for meetings and events in Asia Pacific.
Here's how Cvent compiled the list: destinations around the world compete on a variety of factors, including the accessibility of the destination and facilities of events, pricing and price flexibility, quality of facilities, quality of services, personal safety for attendees, etc. Cvent then evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on the Cvent Supplier Network, which in 2017 recorded more than 40 million room nights worldwide and US$14.7 billion worth of business.
The top 10 cities in Asia Pacific for 2018 are:
2. Sydney (Australia)
3. Bangkok (Thailand)
4. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
5. Hong Kong
6. Shanghai (China)
7. Melbourne (Australia)
8. New Delhi (India)
9. Tokyo (Japan)
10. Mumbai (India)
Chris McAndrews, the vice president of marketing for Cvent's Hospitality Cloud, said that the cities featured in this year's list have invested significant amount of time, energy and resources into building premier locations that entice organisations, large and small, to plan meetings and events in their areas. "Meetings have become a major economic driver for cities worldwide. Because of this positive impact, destinations are pulling out all the stops to attract MICE business, and we expect to see this healthy competition continue," he added.
As for clinching the top spot for MICE activities in Asia Pacific, Jeannie Lim, executive director of conventions, meetings & incentive travel at Singapore Tourism Board, is more than pleased. "We are heartened that Singapore has maintained our standing as Cvent's Top Meeting Destination in the Asia-Pacific region for the third year in a row. It is an honour and privilege to be consistently recognised as a preferred business events destination. Singapore stands out as a city that offers a wealth of possibilities - both at work and play - in a dynamic, pro-business environment that offers excellent connectivity, security, and a diversity of unique and inspiring venues and experiences."