Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on Cvent’s venue sourcing sites to compile the eighth annual list. Activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and destinations were ranked according to the following criteria:
- Unique Request for Proposals Received
- Total Room Nights Received
- Awarded Request for Proposals
- Awarded Room Nights
- Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues
- Number of Profile Views
For the fourth year in a row, Singapore retained its number one position as the most popular destination for business meetings and events, and China led with the highest number of cities featured on the list with six.
Cvent’s Top 10 Meeting Destinations:
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Shanghai, China
- Tokyo, Japan
- Seoul, South Korea
- Beijing, China
- Bali, Indonesia
- Mumbai, India
Asian cities were previously featured in one Asia Pacific list, but due to increased sourcing volume to the region, Cvent unveiled Asia and Australia & Oceania as two standalone lists this year. The expanded list highlights Asia’s strength and growing popularity as a MICE destination.
“With more events being held around the world, we’re proud to expand our lists this year with the addition of Top Meeting Destinations in Asia,” said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud.
“Meeting and event activity in the region is booming and cities such as Seoul, Osaka, and Yokohama have all risen in rank year-over-year highlighting their successful efforts in positioning themselves as top cities to host meetings and events. Business events add USD $1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s Top Meeting Destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more business events to their locales.”
Dr. Edward Koh, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We are privileged to be named Cvent’s Top Meeting Destination in Asia for the fourth year in a row. This accolade is a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a choice destination for meetings and business events in this region. Our distinct offerings of a pro-business environment, strategic location in Asia, positive safety track record, as well as a diverse selection of unique and inspiring venues and experiences have given us an edge. These offerings allow us to continually draw business event organisers and delegates to our city and offer them a memorable experience. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to share this accolade with our dedicated industry stakeholders and partners, as we acknowledge their tireless efforts in contributing to Singapore’s standing as a top business events destination.”
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