While Bali was seventh in Cvent’s APAC Top 10, Jakarta is outdoing Bali in FCM’s data.
“Singapore’s ranking as the top meeting destination in Asia Pacific by Cvent is testament to our standing as a global-Asia node for business events,” said Dr Edward Koh, Singapore Tourism Board’s executive director of conventions, meetings and incentive travel.
“Our worldwide connectivity, vibrant business culture, strong trade connections and stellar track record in delivering high-quality events offer huge growth potential for global businesses.”
STB offers exclusive privileges to assist event organisers and planners in enhancing delegates’ experience at business meetings in Singapore.
Bangkok and Phuket have a trusted profile as meeting destinations on a global scale, said Chiruit Isarankun Na Ayuthaya, president of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).
“They offer advantages in flight frequency, rich choices of world-class accommodation and meeting facilities, professional and flexible suppliers, world-renowned hospitality and a variety of attractions.”
TCEB said Australasia was fourth in number of convention delegates the region brought to Thailand in 2019. It hopes for a revival this year. Benefits for organisers include new infrastructure development, responsiveness to shifting needs and the availability of support schemes, noted TCEB.
From June to September this year, there are 19 supported meeting and incentive groups going to Bangkok from ASEAN, Australia, Switzerland and the US; and five to Phuket from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the US.
Subvention and sizzle seem to work well. Australian electrical wholesaler Lawrence & Hanson chose Singapore for its 660-pax incentive trip last November. This year, they’re heading to Thailand.