Sydney continues to hold onto its position as one of the top meeting destinations in the Asia Pacific region in 2018.
The list was compiled based on sourcing activity through the Cvent Supplier Network which in 2017 sourced more than 40 million room nights worldwide and $14.7 billion of business, supporting more than 715,000 events around the globe.
The top seven cities Singapore, Sydney, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Melbourne maintained their positions on the list. Seoul dropped out of the top 10 as newcomer New Delhi shot to the eighth spot, ahead of Mumbai.
The top 10 cities in Asia Pacific in 2018 are:
- Singapore, Singapore
- Sydney, Australia
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Shanghai, China
- Melbourne, Australia
- New Delhi, India
- Tokyo, Japan
- Mumbai, India
Sydney is a proven event destination that delivers on all measures: experienced teams at world-class facilities and venues; a breadth of travel and accommodation possibilities; as well as its renowned Aussie welcome and unrivalled natural beauty, according to Business Events Sydney.
Just as importantly, it offers easy accessibility between the airport, conference facilities and the city centre, and is a safe and stable destination for international visitors and locals alike. It also has a culture to match, with a dynamic dining scene, a love of the arts, a passion for sport, and a naturally exuberant spirit.
To keep up with the competition, Business Events Sydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith, said: “We keep ahead of global trends, create or adopt innovative approaches and advocate changes that improve the business visitor experience in our city.
“We (also) seek out business events where Australia offers incredible industry expertise capability to share with and learn from the world for our corporate visitors to share and brag about back home,” she added.
Each year, Sydney welcomes around 40,000 delegates. Ranked as one of the world’s top 20 places to meet, it has played host to some of the largest and most prestigious association and incentive events in the world today.
To compile the lists, Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities featured in the Cvent Supplier Network, tracking activity from January through December 2017.
Qualifying data included total unique requests for proposal received, total room nights, number of awarded requests for proposal, awarded room nights, percentage of qualified meeting venues and the number of profile views.
Chris McAndrews, Vice President of Marketing for Cvent’s Hospitality Cloud, said the cities featured in the top 10 have spent significant resources into developing the business and events locations.
“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,” said McAndrews.