Meeting of the minds: The best MICE venues in Ho Chi Minh for corporate events
AS Vietnam’s cultural and economic hub, Ho Chi Minh has proved itself an ideal location for MICE events. Recently, the Thailand MICE 2016 conference chose Ho Chi Minh as one of the five strategic destinations in Asia for MICE tourism.
Over the years, the city has continued to attract considerable commitment to develop its infrastructure to meet the increasing demand for hotels, meeting venues and transport links.
As investment in MICE tourism increases, Ho Chi Minh is ever keen to impress, so it’s fair to expect warm Vietnamese hospitality, impeccable service and modern high-tech facilities when you visit the city’s best meeting and event venues.
Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center
The modern glass-fronted Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) is the largest MICE venue in the city.
The main hall provides more than 9,000 square meters of exhibition space, ideal for large-scale conferences and trade shows. Smaller meeting rooms and an outdoor exhibition area provide a further 6,000 square meters of state-of-the-art facilities for corporate events.
The SECC is still under development but once complete it will provide a phenomenal 60,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, in addition to a 2,000 seat convention center, high-rise office block, two hotels and an underground carpark.
The GEM Center
The GEM Center is also a considerable size, spanning 10,000 square meters. It is the largest function and event venue in Ho Chi Minh’s central business district.
The GEM Center offers an entirely different experience to any other MICE venue in the city. Its high ceilings, vast wood paneling, and subtle orb lighting provide an impressive backdrop for upscale company events and functions.
The two colossal ballrooms, Pollux and Castor, can each accommodate up to 1,800 guests for a large conference or function. The center also boasts two VIP boardrooms, three themed functional spaces and an impressive rooftop complex aptly named The Log that is ideal for outdoor exhibitions.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel
The venue successfully combines the contemporary luxury of a five-star city hotel with modern high-tech business amenities and an authentic Vietnamese experience courtesy of its Insider Collection program.
Encompassing the whole second floor, the InterContinental offers six meeting and conference rooms and a well-serviced business center with dedicated staff. The Grand Ballroom is the hotel’s largest meeting space at 830 square meters, comfortably seating 1,089 people.
Sheraton Saigon Hotel &Towers
This year, the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers saw significant investment with a three-month renovation project to upgrade its business facilities and position it as a premier MICE venue in the city.
Each of the 18 multi-functional meeting rooms benefits from natural lighting, advanced technology and Asian-inspired décor from interior designers Noor and Group8 Asia. They vary in size from the 1,080 square meter Grand Ballroom for large events and conferences to the modest 46 square meter VIP Room for seminars and small meetings.
The hotel’s well-manicured Winter Garden provides additional exhibition space for more relaxed events.
Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
The Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel was recently voted Best Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh by Business Traveller Asia, and it’s easy to see why.
With an onsite business center, audio-visual specialists, event planners and 1,098 square meters of flexible meeting space; it can fulfill the needs of any event.
The pillar-less ballroom is the largest of ten meeting rooms. It can comfortably seat 450 guests in a theater-style layout, ideal for corporate conferences or product launches.
Following a redesign, the hotel’s Pool House now provides an additional intimate event space for up to 132 guests, boasting the latest technology and a spacious open terrace.