Despite tougher global competition Australia has not only retained its standing among the top 20 countries for hosting international meetings but strengthened its position, climbing from 19th to 13th in the annual International Congress & Convention Association rankings.
According to ICCA Australia hosted 253 meetings that fit its stringent criteria in 2012 – 49 more than 2011.
Sydney was named Australia’s number one city, hosting 86 meetings, up from 34th position (57 meetings) in 2011. Melbourne slipped from 31st place in 2011 (62 meetings) to 39th (54 meetings) while Brisbane shot up 31 places to rank 56th, hosting 40 meetings (compared to 24 in 2011).
Perth now ranks 100th best in the world, hosting 22 meetings, after ranking 132nd in 2011 (hosting 16 meetings).
Other Australian cities on the list include Cairns (134th place with 17 meetings), Adelaide (142nd place with 16 meetings), Canberra (263rd place with eight meetings), and the Gold Coast (286th place with seven meetings).
The top five in the world were: USA (833 meetings), Germany (649 meetings), Spain (550 meetings), UK (477 meetings), and France (469 meetings).
China slipped from eighth to 10th despite hosting more meetings in 2012 (311) than it did in 2011 (302).


Fancy entering the murky world of shady gangsters who used to rule the crime scene in Shanghai? A new Destination Asia tour takes guests into the world of the crime lords who once ruled the city like kings. From “Big Eared” Du with his lucky monkey heads, to “Pockmarked” Huang and his police car drugs distribution ring, get to know some of the early 20th century’s most powerful mobsters and find out why you wouldn’t want to cross them. Guests are given gangster-style clothes to get into the mood and then taken for a complimentary drink in a property that once belonged to one of the world’s most influential families. If hanging around criminal hotspots and learning how to cheat at Black Jack still hasn’t got your heart pumping fast enough, then how about shooting some guns? The Destination Asia team will take you to a shooting range and let you participate in a Cops versus Mobs shooting competition. Email to learn more.


Disney, FOX, NBC, Sony, HBO, MNC Indonesia and BBC Worldwide gathered in Bali recently for the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit (APOS), a high-profile conference held at Bali’s newest MICE destination, AYANA Resort and Spa. Attended by more than 620 participants this year, including top executives from the world’s most influential media and pay-TV operator brands, the summit has been held at AYANA since its inception in 2010, and has become renowned as “the best industry event in the world” according to participants.


Malaysia recently welcomed the 2nd Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit 2013 (APBC Summit 2013), held in mid-April. Supported by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the APBC Summit 2013 was attended by global medical experts specifically in the subject of breast cancer from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, Singapore and Middle East.


destinations UNLIMITED, the DMC representation company based in Hampshire, has recently joined forces with Drakos DMC Cyprus. destinations UNLIMITED, (established since 1989) recently appointed this DMC in an effort to strengthen its already reputable portfolio of ground handlers worldwide. The Drakos Group has been going strong since 1960, with the DMC side of the business established in 1982. They are well versed in all aspects of the conference and incentive industry, having acquired hotels and contributed extensively and directly to Cyprus’ growing tourism product. The island has benefited from major investment over the past few years which has greatly enhanced the island’s C&I offering.


The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), established by the Ministry of Tourism, announces another bid win for the country recently – the Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Annual National Conference 2014. The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the MEA Annual Conference 2013 in Darwin. MEA 2014 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from May 15 to 17. This marks the first time the conference is taking place in South East Asia and only the second time outside of Australia. It is expected to attract more than 600 delegates and is estimated to generate $2 million in economic impact for the country.