03 Aug 2009: SINGAPORE – Singapore consolidates its position as the world’s preferred business events destination by clinching the top spot in the “Top International Meeting City” category in the Union of International Associations (UIA) 2008 Global Rankings for the second consecutive year.
In the UIA’s International Meetings Statistics 2008 report, Singapore also moved one notch up from 2007 to third position in the “Top International Meeting Countries” category behind USA (ranked first) and France (second).
Singapore edged out strong competitors to top the rankings in Asia, securing the title of Asia’s top country and city for meetings for the 25th consecutive year. This heavyweight industry accolade attests to the strengths and sustained appeal of the city, enabling it to consistently emerge ahead of the pack in Asia.
"This ranking adds another feather to our cap and underscores Singapore’s reputation as an exchange capital of the world where people, ideas and technology converge to generate business success. Singapore’s sterling performance in the UIA 2008 rankings was made possible by the combination of strong business fundamentals, sound business strategies and the unstinting support of our industry partners,” Aw Kah Peng, chief executive, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), said.
Singapore hosted 637 meetings last year that met UIA’s qualifying criteria, representing a significant 36 per cent growth over 2007.