Over the last few years, there has been a trend of growing numbers of international conventions held in Asia. ICCA reports the Asia-Pacific region to have held 1,879 conventions in 2011. Singapore is ranked as the top country for accommodating conventions within this area. It is known to have well-equipped convention facilities, such as Marina Bay Sands hotel; the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau works closely with the infrastructure to attract more conventions and incentive tours.
Seoul, noted as one of the five best convention cities in the world, is fully prepared to host major summits and conventions as it has successfully done so with 2010 G-20 Seoul summit and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. Seoul will be the venue for the 18th Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, ahead of November’s COP18 conferencein Qatar. Other convention agenda include the World Congress on Radiographers & Radiotechnologists (2016), 15th International Radiation Protection Association (2020), and the 20th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (2020).
In the last couple of years, Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia has also been hosting some major global events such as ASEAN Summit, World Geothermal Energy Summit 2012, and also including the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economy Leaders’ Meeting, October 5-7 2013 in Denpasar, Bali.
Globalization is playing a leading role in disperse of MICE industry in Asia. That is, networks are formed among Asian members and, therefore, infrastructure which facilitate meetings between the countries is needed. Moreover, the World Tourism Organization acknowledges that developments in this industry can be an essential key driver of economic growth and can strengthen local trade and intellectual engagement.