August 28, 2018
By Mansi Soni

Travelling for a business meeting may sound fancy and exciting, but the reality could be different. Long-haul journeys, flight re-schedules and a jam-packed meeting calendar can be extremely tiresome and may lead to a frustrated business traveller. On top of it, if the hotel service turns out to be dissatisfactory, then it may ruin the entire business trip.

Event planners seeking to deliver exceptional attendee experience must always consider the entire attendee journey right from event registration to checking-in at the meeting hotel. Choosing the right meeting hotel is not just important but essential for driving engagement and creating a memorable experience at events. Seeing how challenging hotel selection can be for organising a conference, meeting or any other corporate event,  Cvent compiles a list of Top 50 Meeting Hotels in Asia-Pacific every year to help planners choose the perfect venue for their events.

The latest list was released in May 2018, after evaluating hotel properties that generated business through the Cvent Supplier Network from January 2017 through December 2017. The properties were ranked according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs), awarded RFPs, total room nights, awarded room nights, major metropolitan area (MMA) market share, conversion rate, and the hotel’s unique profile visits in the Cvent Supplier Network.

Here below are Cvent’s top 5 meeting hotels in Asia-Pacific:

Hyatt Regency Sydney

Rooms and suites: An iconic hotel offering 892 stylish rooms.

Meeting Venues: 3,700 square metres of meeting space across 21 meeting & event spaces, including two pillar-less ballrooms with seating for up to 1,100 attendees.

Food & Beverage: The dining options at the hotel include Sailmaker – an all-day dining restaurant, Zephyr – a rooftop bar, Lobby Lounge – for some of the best cocktails in the city, Dundee Arm – one of the Sydney’s oldest pubs, and Heritage Cafe – a renovated heritage listed space offering, light breakfast and lunch options.

Location and nearby attractions: The luxurious property of Hyatt Regency Sydney is located in the heart of the city’s Darling Harbour precinct. Sydney’s famous attractions including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium are within the vicinity of the hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Rooms and suites: A leading five-star deluxe hotel offering 565 guestrooms, which include 38 luxury suites.

Meeting Venues: The hotel features 19 multi-purpose function rooms, including Grand Ballroom which can comfortably accommodate up to 850 guests. The hotel also has an onsite staging company to ensure your event is unique and memorable.

Food & Beverage: An all-day dining restaurant – Café Mix; a popular spot for socialising over a cup of coffee or refreshing cocktails – Lobby Lounge; and a New-York-inspired hangout serving a variety of international wines, cocktails and liqueurs – Blu Bar on 36.

Location and nearby attractions: Located in the historic Rocks district between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is just 30-minute drive away from the international airport.

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Rooms and suites: This 595-room luxurious hotel, situated in one of the world’s most stunning locations, offers spectacular city and harbour views from all the rooms & suites.

Meeting Venues: The hotel features over 1,400 square metres of event spaces across 14 meeting rooms with different space configurations, each offering high-speed internet and state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities. The largest space can easily hold events with up to 250 guests.

Food & Beverage: The superb dining options at the hotel include Silvester’s Restaurant featuring Australian menu by Michelin Star-experienced chef, Three Bottle Man Bar – an award-winning bar providing a cosy alfresco (and indoor) laneway experience, and Customs House Bar – Gastropub.

Location and nearby attractions: Set in the heart of Circular Quay overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Sydney Harbour Marriott is ideally located near the historic Rock district.

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Rooms and suites: The award-winning property of Hilton Kuala Lumpur features 510 spacious and comfortable guestrooms and suites.

Meeting Venues: The 14 multi-functional event spaces, including the pillar-less Grand Ballroom and Sentral Ballroom, can host events with 10 to 1500 guests.

Food & Beverage: Visit Vasco’s for delicious international buffet, sample modern European cuisine in GRAZE, or enjoy succulent dry-aged meat at Chambers Bar & Grill. Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s also features award-winning Japanese and Cantonese restaurants, as well as poolside dining options.

Location and nearby attractions: Hilton Kuala Lumpur is only a 28-minute drive away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and 33 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 by KLIA Ekspres train. Nu Sentral, a shopping mall, stands right at the hotel’s door step. China Town and Mid Valley Megamall are the other shopping havens nearby the hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Rooms and suites: The hotel boasts of 792 luxury guestrooms and suites in three distinctive wings: the luxurious Garden Wing, the contemporary Tower Wing and the exclusive Valley Wing.

Meeting Venues: The hotel offers over 60,000 square feet of banqueting and ballroom space, including two ballrooms – the Island Ballroom and Tower Ballroom, which can accommodate about 1,000 and 590 guests respectively.

Food & Beverage: Embark on an exceptional culinary journey at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. The hotel features a collection of nine restaurants, bars and lounge areas that offer delectable dining for discerning palates. NAMI, The Line, Shang Palace, Waterfall Ristorante Italiano are just a few of the vibrant dining options available at the hotel.

Location and nearby attractions: Located in the heart of the city, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is just a short walk to the city’s main shopping, entertainment and dining district. The hotel is only 30 minutes away from the Changi International Airport.

Check out the entire list of Cvent’s Top 50 Meeting Hotels in Asia-Pacific.

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Mansi Soni

Mansi is part of the content marketing team at Cvent. She has 7+ years of experience in developing content for the travel and hospitality industry and leads the content production team for the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. When not researching new topics for writing, she can be found making glass paintings, trying new ice cream flavours or playing family games.
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