The Blog’s Asian colleagues tell me that participants at APIC in Seoul in May were not happy about next year’s conference being held in Mumbai.
Delegates from South Korea and Japan had been saying that they had security concerns about Mumbai in view of last year’s terrorist attacks in the city.
Northeast Asian delegates noted that they usually preferered locations in Southeast Asia, such as Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Indeed the 2008 APIC in Singapore saw a record attendance of 1,200 – compared to the 2009 Seoul attendance which was reduced to the low 800s due the global recession and fears of swineflu.
The 2011 APIC conference is already set to be back in Northeast Asia – which delegates expect to be in Japan – and APIC-goers say that this is usually not popular with the Southeast Asian contingent.
(photo Rex: India gate and boats in Mumbai, India)