Singapore has strengthened its position as one
of the world’s preferred business events destinations 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 the USA (ranked 1st) and France (2nd).
“In the updated figures for 2004-2008 released this year, the rise
of Singapore in the international organisations meeting market
is a noteworthy feature. In 2004, Singapore stood at a
respectable 10th place in the “Top International Meeting City”
category. In 2005 it climbed to 8th place, and jumped to 4th place
in 2006. In 2007 it rose to first place, with almost 30% more
meetings than the city in second place. In 2008 it has not only
maintained its position in first place, it has increased its
margin to 50% more meetings than the second-ranked city,” said Mr
Jacques de Mevius, Secretary-General, UIA.
out strong competitors to top the rankings in Asia, securing the
title of Asia’s top country and city for meetings for the 25th
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,” says Ms Aw Kah Peng, Chief
Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
hosted 637 meetings last year that met UIA’s qualifying criteria,
representing a significant 36% growth over 2007. Notable
meetings include the International Thalassaemia Conference
2008, ISNCC 15th International Conference on Cancer Nursing
2008, the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference and the IEEE
Electronics Packaging Technology Conference 2008 which
cumulatively attracted over 5,000 visitors to Singapore.
As a destination, Singapore accounted for 26.5%
of the meetings held in the Asian continent in 2008, up from 22.5% in 2007.
“These accolades, which signify a high
benchmark of excellence, come at an opportune time as they put
Singapore in a strong position to further expand our share of
the global business events market by partnering with MICE industry
players to attract and develop successful business events centred
around major growth industries in Singapore and the region.
Through these efforts, I am confident that we
can continue to sustain a robust business event pipeline for
the coming years, and take bold strides towards elevating
Singapore’s position as an exchange capital of the world,” said Ms Melissa Ow, Assistant Chief Executive, Business Travel and
MICE Group, STB.
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