Sydney continues to uphold its reputation as a leading event destination, with the harbour city ranking number one in the 2019 Top APAC Cities for Meetings and Events by Aventri.
Shared exclusively with Spice News, the list is part of Aventri’s new series highlighting leading meeting and event spaces around the globe.
The following top 10 APAC cities have be ranked in order, based on activity last year on the Aventri Venue Sourcing platform:
- Sydney, Australia
- Hong Kong, China
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Tokyo, Japan
- Beijing, China
- Melbourne, Australia
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Macau, China
As part of the series, Aventri will also release the Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the Asia Pacific, which will highlight the 10 leading venues of each top APAC city.
“This best-of-the-best guide will feature the top venues in each of our Top 10 APAC Cities,” said Aventri senior director, EMEA & APAC marketing, Brecht Fourneau.
“Venues were chosen because they have the qualities planners tell us they value most in a venue.”
Aventri has shared a preview of the top meeting and event venues with Spice, ahead of the guide’s official release later this year:
International Convention Centre Sydney overlooks Darling Harbour in the heart of Sydney. This fully integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment venue boasts state-of-the-art technology and a bold contemporary design. On the top floor, Australia’s largest purpose-built ballroom seats 2000 people banquet-style and breaks out to an event deck with bar/lounge and spectacular harbour views.
Sydney Opera House
This World Heritage site hosts more than 2000 performances annually. Its venues set the stage for world-class events of all sizes, from the elegant Utzon room (200 guests) to the majestic Concert Hall (2679 guests). The new Yallamundi Rooms serve up sweeping views of Sydney Harbour.
Set in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Calyx surrounds attendees in a vast gallery of living plants. The unique venue accommodates 100 to 400 people and the menus explore Australia’s best sustainable produce.
Studio, Sydney Tower
Sydney’s highest private event space soars 305 metres above the CBD. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline. The contemporary space hosts up to 200 guests, who enjoy fine dining and an award-winning wine list.
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Located in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour, this luxury hotel offers views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Shangri-La is home to award-winning dining, a bar, spa and venue spaces for intimate gatherings of 20 to the Grand Ballroom accommodating 850 guests. Set up a visit to the hotel’s bee hive collection and herb garden, or arrange personalised walking tours of the historic Rocks District just outside the hotel doors.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Overlooking Sydney Harbor, this award-winning CBD hotel is steps away from The Rocks and Circular Quay. Venue space totals 1675 square metres, including the Grand Ballroom by the award-winning design firm Bates Smart. Guests can explore nearby shops, outdoor adventures and lively social scene then meet back at the hotel for dinner and drinks.
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
This five-star CBD hotel combines French elegance and modern comforts. It has two restaurants and 13 premier function spaces, including the Wentworth Ballroom with capacity for 950 guests. Cutting-edge technology and an onsite technical support team pitch in to ensure world-class events.
Each of the venues were chosen for having qualities that planners prioritise, such as destination, capacity, amenities, uniqueness, proximity to local attractions and ability to create immersive, engaging attendee experiences.