Singapore has once again been named the top meeting destination in the Asia Pacific region in 2018, for the third year in a row by Cvent.
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
“It is an honour and privilege to be consistently recognised as a preferred business events destination,” said Jeannie Lim, executive director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Lim said: “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.”
Highlighting how Singapore offers a safe and secure environment, as proven by its top position in Gallup’s Law and Order Index 2017, Lim said: “Our secure landscape continues to provide confidence to business travellers and event organisers as they look to hold business events in Singapore.”
Singapore is a pioneering and stimulating presence in the MICE industry in this region, according to STB. It has all the basics of a good host: a great business environment, world-class facilities and infrastructure, professional services, exclusive event venues and cool attractions, all in a rich and unique Asian setting like nowhere else.
As a compact city, it is convenient to travel around Singapore. Hotels, restaurants, venues, shopping and sightseeing spots are conveniently clustered in various neighbourhoods, and are easily accessible via Singapore’s safe and reliable public transportation system. Besides a vibrant dining, arts and entertainment scene, Singapore is home to countless key attractions and a wide range of accommodations to suit any budget.
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.