Why organize a meeting or conference in Shanghai?
Shanghai (上海) – the city of progress and innovations, is today the world’s most populous city that houses over 24 million inhabitants and its strategic location in the center of the Chinese coast, at the Yangtze River mouth, has transformed it into a key player in the regional and international trade. Since the 19th century is has grown into a global financial center (with over 780 financial institutions), busiest cargo container port, administrative center and major hub for commerce, transportation and shipping. As China’s status on the World stage has surged, so has Shanghai’s importance in Asia and beyond – both as a tourist destination and business hub. Shanghai meeting venues contribute to the city’s high rank as a business-friendly place with great future potential. The economy depends mainly on services, finance, retail and real estate followed by manufacturing and agriculture. China’s largest shipbuilders and steel company are located in Shanghai as well as the main automotive firm – SAIC Motor. For many foreign corporations, it is the gateway to the huge Chinese market to which they seek to sell goods & services. It is also home to the nearby Shanghai Free Trade Zone, the first Hong Kong -like free trade area in mainland China.
Due to the high business volumes, MICE sector is growing rapidly with many company events and business meetings held here throughout the year. The city boasts a vast range of meeting venues and facilities of all sizes and types – both formal as well as more casual. Major exhibition and convention venues include the Pudong Expo, Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai New International Expo, Intex Shanghai, Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center or the Soviet-style Shanghai Exhibition Center, to name a few. Many international hotels are conveniently nearby these venues to provide accommodation as well as their own business and meeting rooms.
Shanghai’s main tourist attractions are the Bund, Yu Garden, the City God Temple and the Jade Buddha Monastery. Visitors can ride up several very tall towers such as the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Shanghai Tower, the Jin Mao Tower or the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower – all of which offer spectacular views of the city. The most recent addition to the long list of tourist attractions is the Shanghai Disneyland with the biggest of all Disneyland castles. To escape the hustle and bustle of the urban life, one can find peace in dozens of parks, green zones, or the Shanghai Botanical Garden.
Shanghai is served by two international airports. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA code: PVG), located 30 km to the east of the city, serves international flights and is the main seat for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China. Time needed for transfer to the center is around 65 min and a taxi costs between CNY 150 and 200. For CNY 50 you take the Maglev train. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (IATA code: SHA), mainly serves domestic and some international flights. It is only 13 km westward from the city and a taxi will transfer you to the city center for approx. CNY 60. China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines are headquartered at this airport.
Some of our favorite Shanghai meeting venues
Check out Shanghai meeting venues for a complete overview of recommended venues. Below is a taste of the exciting venues on offer:
- Le Royal Meridien Shanghai (上海世茂皇家艾美酒店) – This meeting venue is situated at the center of Shanghai’s business district, with many attractions nearby such as the Shanghai museum, the Grand Theater, and People’s square. Proposing 12 superbly appointed function rooms as well as a sublime ballroom, the venue offers over 2,000 sq. meters of versatile conference facilities. Intimate meeting spaces such as the Parlour Room is suitable for off-site meetings, board meetings, workshops and small trainings. For larger events up to 800 delegates such as company parties, networking events, and gala dinners, meeting planners can rely on the Grand Ballroom. High-end conferencing technology, mouth-watering international cuisine, and an on-site support team will guarantee a memorable event. This venue also has 761 guest rooms offering dazzling views of the Bund and the city’s skyline. Perched on the 44th floor and above, the Royal Club Floor caters to the sophisticated business traveler with exclusive privileges.
- Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai (上海浦东香格里拉大酒店) – Located on the Huangpu river in Shanghai’s bustling Lujiazui financial district, facing the historic Bund, this ideal MICE venue enjoys quick access to the city’s most celebrated sites. Hongqiao airport is reached in only thirty-five minutes and Pudong airport in forty-five minutes. This venue is conveniently situated close to SNIEC (Shanghai New International exhibition Center), that boasts 7,600 sqm of versatile indoor and outdoor event space. All of the Pudong Shangri-La conference spaces and function rooms feature advanced audiovisual equipment which can suitable for a range of events such offsite meetings, larger corporate events, company dinners, and banquets. The venue includes a range of luxurious guestrooms and suites with bird’s eye views of the Bund, the Huangpu river or Pudong’s spectacular skyline. The Pudong Shangri-la offers business and leisure travelers the right combination of comfort, service, and convenience.
- Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel (虹桥喜来登上海太平洋大饭店) – With a prime location in Hongqiao, the Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao venue is ideally placed amidst the corporate business and diplomatic district in addition as 2 imposing exhibition centers: INTEX and Shanghai mart. With over 1,900 sq. meters of combined banquet and meeting room space, this meeting venue provides broad event facilities. Ten modern function rooms covering the pillar-less ballroom and extra small- to medium-size meeting rooms. All rooms are equipped with High-Speed WIFI, audiovisual conferencing facilities, professional sound and lighting systems, as well as the support of a full technical crew. Following a full day of bonding, sightseeing, or working, attendees can unwind in one of the 587 guestrooms and suites and share a pleasant evening over Italian, Chinese, or Japanese cuisine in one of the much-acclaimed onsite restaurants or a cocktail at The Chelsea Bar.