As part of CEI Asia's annual Readers’ Choice Awards, here we celebrate the best hotel and resorts for business events across Asia Pacific—as voted by you, our readers.
Kerry Hotel Beijing
Located at the core of Beijing’s Central Business District, the Kerry Hotel Beijing is a prime example of a property built with business in mind.
Highlights include Accenture Beijing’s gala dinner, the EuroFinance Conference 2017 and the Beijing Hanhai Auction Company’s two-week auction, which filled the hotel’s event space.
A big win for Kerry, Baidu chose the hotel for its 2017 Baidu World Technology Conference. Honing in on the theme ‘Bring AI to Life’, the event put the company’s advancements on display, making good use of the venue’s presentation facilities and 6,400 sqm of event space.
Its shift towards fully digitally-integrated events is a sign of great things to come. 2017 also saw the introduction of tailor- made offerings for summer incentives, increased team-building opportunities, and a specialised set of benefits for planners.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Completing a four-year renovation in 2017 was just what Grand Hyatt Hong Kong needed to remain a stalwart in its category. The hotel’s meeting and event facilities have undergone a dramatic facelift.
The Grand Café received a full makeover, now featuring a private section for group lunches and intimate events. Meanwhile the refurbished Salon rooms offer scalable meeting options, and Tiffin restaurant— the hotel’s ‘living room’— serves as a perfect newly refined space for buffets and afternoon tea.
Owing to the Grand Hyatt’s allure and location, more businesses have taken to the banks of Victoria Harbour, and the property has made good use of its 21 up-to-date event venues. This year’s notable affairs includes the inaugural Inside ETFs Asia conference; the HKSAR handover 20th anniversary celebration dinner; and Hong Kong Tatler’s 40th anniversary ball.
Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View
The Renaissance Hong Kong was on the tip of most Hong Kongers’ tongues this year as Xi Jinping chose the hotel for his summer visit. The Chinese president’s taste mirrored that of our readers, with the hotel reappearing in our 2017 winners’ circle.
In November, the property hosted heavyweights in Asia’s drinks market, arranging The Drinks Business Asian Awards ceremony, as part of the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair.
Sitting in the heart of thriving Wan Chai district, the hotel has been a favourite for business events since its inception, and its direct access to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and 2,200 sqm of total event space keep its standing.
The Boardroom 8, Oasis, and Concord function rooms each went through major makeovers this year. Meanwhile, restyled lounge bar, Mirage, and new Aussie Grill Dinner Buffet are offering fresh choices.