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Singapore has held on to its spot as the world’s top international country and city for meetings.

According to the Union of International Associations (UIA) 2013 Global Rankings, the Lion City has grabbed the country title for the third year running, and the city title for the seventh consecutive year.

Last year, 944 meetings were hosted in Singapore which met the UIA’s qualifying criteria – a 4.4% increase from the previous year. The next country on the list was the USA with 799 international meetings, followed by Korea with 635.

Singapore also formed 9.4% of UIA’s database of meetings, which was represented by 174 countries and 1,465 cities.

Singapore was also named this year as Asia’s Top Convention City for the 12th year in a row by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

READ: Singapore is Asia’s best convention city

In a press release, Singapore Tourism Board stated Singapore’s combination of infrastructure, efficiency, vibrant business ecosystem, knowledge networks, and strategic location in Asia are key attributes for meeting planners selecting the city as a host destination for their events.

To date, Singapore has secured six world congresses.

“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,” said Neeta Lachmandas, assistant chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Top international meeting countries in 2013

1. Singapore – 994 meetings
2. USA – 799 meetings
3. Korea – 635 meetings
4. Japan – 588 meetings
5. Belgium – tied – 505 meetings
5. Spain – tied – 505 meetings
7. Germany – 428 meetings
8. France – 408 meetings
9. Austria – 398 meetings
10. UK – 349 meetings

Top international meetings cities in 2013

1. Singapore – 994 meetings
2. Brussels – 436 meetings
3. Vienna – 318 meetings
4. Seoul – 242 meetings
5. Tokyo – 228 meetings
6. Barcelona – 195 meetings
7. Paris – 180 meetings
8. Madrid – 165 meetings
9. Busan – 148 meetings
10. London – 144 meetings

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