8th November, 2018
Shanghai Nights: Adventures in Asia Pacific’s top city for 2019, with Sam Lay, Senior Director Meetings and Events APAC
“Shanghai was a waking dream where everything I could imagine had already been taken to its extreme,” said novelist JG Ballard.
It’s an accurate description of a city that’s singular in its vivacity. A magnet for migrants from all over China, the nation’s biggest city is a modern powerhouse and financial hub as much as it is a historical treasure trove.
In a day, you can ride the world’s longest Metro system, take in views of a space age skyline - including the world’s second tallest building - and traverse through the Old Town with its art deco buildings from the glamourous heyday of the 1920s. You can sit on a plastic stool and sample traditional street food or eat experimental Michelin-starred cuisine atop a skyscraper.
And if its dynamism you’re after, the local meetings and events industry doesn’t fall short. With over 650 hotels and international exhibition centres of all shapes, sizes and magnitude, it’s no surprise that our 2019 Meetings and Events future trends report puts Shanghai at number one in Asia Pacific, the fastest growing region globally for meetings and events.
Curious about his personal favorite, we asked Sam Lay, Senior Director Meetings and Events Asia Pacific to tell us about his top pick.
It’s fair to say that he knows the region well with a career spanning 17 years across organizations including the Singapore Tourism Board and Suntec International. When he’s not leading a team of CWT Meetings and Events specialists at key markets, he can be found exploring hidden neighbourhoods and sampling soup dumplings.