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Singapore Tops World Convention City List

September 30, 2008
Singapore has been ranked 'Top International Meeting City' of 2007 in the Union of International Associations (UIA) 2007 Global Rankings. In the UIAâs International Meetings Statistics 2007 report, Singapore leapfrogged two notches to clinch the top position, beating perennial favourites Paris (ranked 2nd) and Vienna (3rd), giving its ambition to be an exchange capital of the world a boost.
âThe UIA congratulates Singapore on the steady growth in the number of international meetings it has hosted over the past few years, a growth that results from and reflects the focus, quality and creativity of the Singapore meetings industry,�? explained UIA Secretary-General Jacques de Mevius.
Pitted against cities and locations from around the region, Singapore also topped the rankings in Asia, as Asiaâs top country and city for meetings, a position it has held for the last 24 consecutive years. As a destination, Singapore accounted for 22.5% of the meetings held in the continent in 2007, with the city state recording 256% growth in international meetings over ten years.
Lim Neo Chian, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board said, "the strong showing by Singapore reflects its strengths and sustained popularity as a leading business destination. In clinching the top position of the worldâs top city for meetings, Singapore cements its position as the preferred destination globally for business travellers to congregate.�?

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