Top 6 Destinations in Asia for Business Event Travel
Whether your group is travelling from within China or from the rest of the world, Shanghai is a world-class city that can’t be overlooked for business events. It has extensive connectivity by air, land and sea, and is safe and convenient with an excellent public transport system.
New venues for Business events groups are continually appearing – from trendy boutique hotels like the Andaz, for smaller groups to exhibition centres that fit thousands. China’s financial capital is also one of its hottest tourist spots, with endless entertainment for visitors.
As Business Events seek to be more immersive, Shanghai offers many opportunities for delegates to explore the local culture and get amongst the locals. Even for delegates from around China, experiences that are particular to the region can be incorporated. Private dining options highlight the incredible cuisine found in Shanghai and local attractions such as the tranquil Yu Gardens and historic Bund are drawcards.
Bangkok has been trending recently for business events. Already a city with massive tourism appeal, the increasing government stability has seen an increase in business events heading to this bustling metropolis. With flights from most major cities in Asia and beyond, Bangkok is accessible to get to and easy to get around.
The sheer number of rooms available makes it ideal for business events, with everything from converted historic houses to global brands available. Like Shanghai, the cuisine is a drawcard here and Bangkok is famous for its food from street-food through to Michelin starred restaurants.
The culture is easy to access with temples and palaces dotted through the city. It also boasts easy access to the beaches and islands that Thailand is known for, ideal for incentive groups or pre or post-event travel.
With its beautiful beaches and mountains, trendy bars and restaurants and diverse range of hotels and resorts Bali is already a leader in the tourism gamer, and as flight and visa access continues to improve from all over Asia, it has become a hotspot for business events too.
With abundant natural beauty, it has wide appeal as a destination, and the affordable luxury gives businesses an opportunity to spoil their delegates and still stay in budget.
Resort offerings often have as much for business events as they do for families, and it is an excellent option for events where delegates may bring their loved ones. The cuisine is excellent and often includes pan-Asian delicacies as well as local favourites. If you are envisioning events like a sunset beach BBQ as part of your event, Bali is an excellent choice. The culture is unique and there are many opportunities to incorporate it into business events.
4. Hong Kong
Hong Kong has long been a centre for both commerce and culture, making it an excellent choice for business events. Known for its regional cuisine, attractions like the harbour, shopping and nightlife make Hong Kong an attractive destination for delegates.
New hotel openings like The Murray highlight the types of establishments that are ideal for events in Hong Kong, beautifully combining unique event spaces with high-end accommodation and facilities. It is this type of property that caters perfectly to events, yet retains a luxurious leisure feeling.
Last year Singapore was the most visited destination for business events in the Asia Pacific region. This is partly due to its connectivity, with 4 billion people within a seven-hour flight. It has impeccable infrastructure and faultless political stability, as well as efficient public transport. It is famous for its luxury shopping and legendary restaurant scene, from National Kitchen by Violet Oon to Joël Robuchon’s eponymous Restaurant. Singapore is constantly reinventing itself to cater to a world audience.
The Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau is world-renowned and the city is known for its network of technology, people and ideas. Singapore is at the forefront of offering high-tech meetings and unique offerings like Expo Max Atria – the city’s first premier eco-green venue.
With highly-developed infrastructure and world-class venues, Tokyo is a natural choice for business events. It is packed to the brim with tourist attractions from the pop-culture of Shinjuku, to the tranquil parks and temples and the bustling fish markets.
Tokyo is one of the safest destinations in Asia and the service levels are incredibly high. There are excellent accommodation options, although prices can be higher than other Asian destinations, and the restaurants and private dining are second to none.
The public transport is easy and efficient, and it also offers some amazing pre or post-event travel options. One of the world’s most exciting cities, it offers both history and futuristic trends.