April 28, 2015
When planning your next destination meeting, one of the most important decisions you will make is the venue. This month, we’ve chosen to shine a spotlight on the very best meetings venues in Shanghai. From pricing to location, we’ve done the legwork for you and uncovered some of the best venues the city has to offer:
Most government owned facilities and China based hotel chains price al a carte per service needed (i.e. food and beverage, meeting rooms, breaks, AV etc.). This is similar to venues in the U.S.
The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River. It is one of the most famous destinations in Shanghai due to its rich collection of Art Deco architecture. The wide array of restaurants, bars and clubs lining the streets makes this location attractive to international guests.
The area is typically used for high-end corporate events with VIP level attendees. Across Shanghai, event facilities that cater to Western groups tend to be more expensive… and this area tends to be more expensive than most. If you are looking for luxury, make sure you check out the iconic House of Roosevelt. It is one of the most prestigious event facilities on the Bund:
While the Bund caters to the high-end market, Shanghai has lots of options for associations looking to host an event in the region. Below is our insider list of event venues, based on 10+ years’ experience hosting events for clients in the region:
- Park Hyatt – Located on the 93rd Floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center Forum (SWFC) in the Pudong financial district, across the river from the Bund. This hotel has fabulous views of the Huangpu River and the Bund, and is especially special at night when the skyline is lit up with colorful lighting (until 10:00 pm when the government turns them off!)
- The former British Consulate Building located in the Wai Tan Yuan area. This venue is a great option for associations looking to host a prestigious, high-end event.
- The Cool Docks – Located on the Bund, this is a popular venue used often for corporate events.
- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower – Located in the Pudong financial district across the river from the Bund, the tower features a rotating restaurant at the top that can be hired out for events.
- Cruises along the Huangpu River – These are especially special at night, when guests get to see the wonderful colored lights of the office buildings and hotels along the banks of the river.
- Museums – Shanghai has seven great museums located around the city, each with different types of exhibits and capabilities for hosting events. The Shanghai History Museum is located at the base of the Oriental Pearl and a great option for groups looking for something different from their event space.
One last bit of advice
Associations do tend to receive higher pricing as a one-time purchaser. Working with a local event or representation company that makes multiple purchases throughout the year, and has a reputation in the local market for generating business, will give you a much stronger negotiation position, and in most cases will save you a lot of money.
If you would like more information or assistance with your next event in China, don’t hesitate to get in touch. With an office in Beijing and a global network of vendors, we’re here to guide you through the process!