Singapore is still Asia’s top convention city

Singapore has retained its position as Asia’s Top Convention City, according to the latest global rankings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

In addition, Singapore has maintained its spot as one of the Top Five Convention Cities alongside Vienna, Barcelona, Paris and Berlin.

ICCA’s CEO Martin Sirk congratulated Singapore on hosting the most rotating association meetings amongst all Asia Pacific destinations in 2010.

“Singapore has been proactively targeting this sector as part of a clear strategy for many years, and was probably the first destination in the world to so closely align this meetings strategy with the economic development goals of the country,” said Sirk.

Singapore hosted 136 rotating events last year, representing more than 14 per cent growth over the events that qualified in 2009.

Notable events that contributed to the numbers include the 20th Annual Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education 2010.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said in 2010, Singapore attracted 3.1 million business travellers.

They accounted for 27 per cent of all visitors to Singapore, spending about S$5.4 billion.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 1 Aug 2011

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