Singapore Tops Event Meeting Destinations; Shanghai Makes First Entry In Top 10

Cvent, a provider of meetings, events, and hospitality technology, has unveiled its 2024 lists of the Top Meeting Destinations and Top Meeting Hotels in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

These rankings, which also cover North America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa, are based on sourcing activity through the Cvent Supplier Network, one of the world’s largest venue-sourcing platforms.

In 2023, more than $16 billion in MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) business was sourced through Cvent’s online platforms.

The annual Cvent Top Lists have become essential resources for event organisers seeking premier hotels and destinations for their events. Details were shared during a live press conference at IMEX Frankfurt.

Cvent evaluated over 12,500 cities for its Top Meeting Destinations based on criteria such as total room nights booked, number of RFPs sent, total value of RFPs, and awarded meeting values. The Top Meeting Hotels were ranked based on factors including total RFPs, awarded RFPs, room nights, and market share.

Top Meeting Destinations in Asia-Pacific

The top 10 cities showed consistency, with Singapore retaining the #1 spot. Notable improvements included Bangkok rising to #2, Tokyo to #4, Kuala Lumpur to #7, and Phuket to #9. Shanghai entered the top 10 for the first time, securing the #10 position.

  1. Singapore
  2. Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Sydney, Australia
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Seoul, South Korea
  7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  8. Bali, Indonesia
  9. Phuket, Thailand
  10. Shanghai, China

Dr. Edward Koh, Executive Director of Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel at the Singapore Tourism Board, expressed pride in Singapore’s top ranking.

“Singapore’s strong business environment, safety, high accessibility, and focus on innovation and sustainability have built our reputation as a vibrant business events destination,” he said.

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney, celebrated Sydney’s ranking as a top 3 destination. “This recognition reflects our incredible network of hotels, venues, and suppliers who bring events to life,” she noted.

Top Meeting Hotels in Asia-Pacific

The JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach achieved the #1 spot, praised for its proximity to the Central Business District and top-tier meeting facilities. New entrants to the top 10 included Hilton Tokyo (#4), Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park (#5), voco Orchard Singapore (#7), Hilton Kuala Lumpur (#8), and Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park (#9).

  1. JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
  2. Shangri-La Singapore
  3. Hyatt Regency Sydney
  4. Hilton Tokyo
  5. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
  6. Fairmont Singapore
  7. voco Orchard Singapore
  8. Hilton Kuala Lumpur
  9. Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
  10. Hilton Singapore Orchard
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