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August 27, 2010

Singapore fends off host of destinations to take global meetings award

The Union of International Associations’ (UIA’s) International Meetings Statistics 2009 report has named Singapore as Top International Meetings City and second as in the Top International Meetings City category.

Singapore beat 1,653 qualifying cities to the accolate, while out of the 194 qualifying countries, it finished second behind the USA in first place and ahead of France.
“The Union of International Associations recognises Singapore as an increasingly strong market leader in international associations meetings. This year's UIA Statistics Report reflects an impressive five-year growth trend. The UIA congratulates Singapore on the hard work and quality offerings that make such continued growth possible,” said Jacques de Mévius, secretary-general of the UIA.

Singapore hosted 689 meetings in 2009 that met UIA’s qualifying criteria, representing a growth of 8% over 2008.

"UIA’s accolade is a strong endorsement that underscores Singapore’s position as the world’s preferred business events destination. Our continued success can be attributed to sound business fundamentals and the unwavering support and hard work of our industry partners," commented Ms Aw Kah Peng, chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board.

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