SINGAPORE – Singapore has retained its position as the leading meeting city and country in the world according to the Union of International Associations (UIA) 2012 Global Rankings. Named Top International Meeting Country for the second year running and Top International Meeting City for the sixth consecutive year, Singapore has once again reinforced its value proposition as a choice international meeting destination.
Singapore’s international appeal, strategic location and access to key Asian markets provide a strong impetus for organisers to move or locate their events in Singapore.
In 2012, 952 of the meetings hosted in Singapore – almost ten per cent of UIA’s database – met the stipulated qualifying criteria. This includes meetings which areorganised or sponsored by international organisations or of significant international character. In addition to the 18 World Congresses held in 2012, some events were held for thefirst time in Asia such as the 4th International Congress of Zookeepers 2012, the International Conference on Next Generation Technologies for Bioenergy and Biomass Utilisation 2012, 33rd Annual International Association of Technological University Libraries 2012 and the World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Infertility 2012.
The UIA ranking is the latest in a list of accolades that include being named Asia’s Top Convention City for the 11th consecutive year, by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Having hosted a record of 150 ICCA1 events in 2012, Singapore emerged as the only Asian city in the Top Ten Convention Cities in the world alongside other cities including Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona and London.