SINGAPORE– Singapore has retained its position as the leading meeting city and country in the world according to the Union of International Associations (UIA) 2013 Global Rankings. Named Top International Meeting Country for the third year running and Top International Meeting City for the seventh consecutive year, Singapore has once again been recognised as a choice international meeting destination.
In 2013, 994 of the meetings hosted in Singapore met UIA’s stipulated qualifying criteria1, a 4.4 per cent increase from 952 in 2012. It also formed 9.4 per cent of UIA’s database of meetings, which was represented by 174 countries and 1,465 cities.
The UIA ranking is the latest in a list of accolades for Singapore as an international MICE destination. This year, Singapore was also named Asia’s Top Convention City for the 12th consecutive year, by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Singapore’s record of 175 ICCA events in 2013 was a 16.7 per cent increase from 150 in 2012, the strongest year-on-year growth since 2005.
Said Ms Neeta Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said, “We are very happy to be named the top meeting country by UIA once again. Understanding our customers’ needs has always been key a focus for us, and we will continue to emphasize our efforts on reliability and efficiency, giving them peace of mind when they attend or hold their events in Singapore.”
Notable events held in Singapore in 2013 include the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, the 60th Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Annual Conference, the Amway Japan Leadership Achievement Seminar, the World Engineers’ Summit as well as the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific.
Singapore retains top spot in UIA 2013 Global Rankings