02 Aug '11, 1am

For the 9th straight year, Singapore is Asia's top conventions destination

SINGAPORE - The bullish business events industry in Singapore saw 3.1 million business travellers visiting the city state last year, as the Republic retained its top spot as Asia's top convention city for the ninth consecutive year in a global ranking by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). According to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), which released the ICCA ranking yesterday, business travellers accounted for 27 per cent of all visitors to Singapore last year, a 19.2-per-cent increase from 2009. They spent about S$5.4 billion - a 28.6 per cent increase. Singapore also remained in the top five of ICCA's rankings, which included Vienna, Barcelona, Paris and Berlin. The ICCA highlighted Singapore's focus on meetings that rotate regularly between at least three countries, which is a qualifying criterion for the ranking. The Republic held the most r...

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