Singapore Gets 'Top International Meetings City' Title

SINGAPORE, August 24 (Bernama) -- Singapore has clinched the title of "Top International Meetings City" for the third consecutive year, according to the Union of International Associations (UIA)'s International Meetings Statistics 2009 Report.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said the recognition affirmed the country's standing as a leading business events destination, ahead of 1,653 cities.

STB said the city-state had distinguished itself from the competition which staged events that qualified for inclusion in the UIA's report.

The report also ranked Singapore in second place for "Top International Meetings Country" out of 194 qualifying countries, behind the United States in first place and ahead of France.

Also, for the 26th consecutive year, Singapore remained both the top city and country to hold meetings in Asia.

"The Union of International Associations recognises Singapore as an increasingly strong market leader in international associations meetings," said UIA secretary-general Jacques de Mevius.

Singapore hosted 689 meetings in 2009 that met UIA's qualifying criteria, representing a growth of eight per cent over 2008.

Key examples of these meetings include the Singapore International Energy Week 2009, the Singapore International Water Week 2009, APEC 2009, FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2009, and the 78th Interpol General Assembly 2009.

As posted in Bernama by Zakaria Abdul Wahab


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