The Great Halls of China? Meeting Planners’ Perceptions of Beijing as an International Convention Destination

Jinah Park, Bihu Wu, Ye Shen, Alastair M. Morrison, Yeung Kong

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This research focused on meeting planners’ perceptions about selecting Beijing as an international convention destination. Twenty-three convention destination site selection criteria organized into five categories were identified. It was found that, with respect to Beijing, the importance of site selection criteria has changed since the late 1990s, with meeting planners now attaching more weight to the quality of convention services, quality of convention planning assistance, and city image. The meeting planners who had previously held international conventions in Beijing attached greater importance to research and development cooperation opportunities and choice of accommodations than those who had not. They rated Beijing's performance lower on the convenience of the application process (required by Chinese governments) and government support. It was concluded that Beijing needs to improve most on the quality of convention services and convention planning assistance, and by relaxing government policies related to the holding of international conventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-270
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Convention and Event Tourism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2014


  • Beijing
  • international conventions
  • meeting planners
  • perceived importance
  • site selection criteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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