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World's top 20 convention cities!

Last updated on: August 2, 2011 07:59 IST

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Singapore has retained its position as Asia's Top Convention City for close to a decade, according to the latest Global Rankings by the International Congress and Convention Association.

In addition, Singapore has maintained its spot as one of the Top Five Convention Cities in the world, coming at number five with 136 meetings in 2010, said the Singapore Tourism Board on Monday.

According to this qualifying criterion, 136 rotating events were held in Singapore in 2010, over 14 per cent more than the number of events that qualified in 2009.

Commenting on the ranking, Melissa Ow, assistant chief executive at STB's Industry Development (II) Group, said: "What's more, our constant re-invention and ever-changing skyline make for compelling reasons to return to Singapore and experience the richness we have to offer both as a business and leisure destination.

"Looking ahead, the future is replete with many exciting developments such as the lush new Gardens by the Bay, the International Cruise Terminal and the world's first River Safari."

In 2010, Singapore attracted 3.1 million business travellers, who accounted for 27 per cent of all visitors to Singapore, spending about 5.4 billion Singapore dollars.

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Image: Singapore is one of the top five convention cities.
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City: Vienna

Number of meetings in 2010: 154

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City: Barcelona

Number of meetings in 2010: 148

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City: Paris

Number of meetings in 2010: 147

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City: Berlin

Number of meetings in 2010: 138

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City: Madrid

Number of meetings in 2010: 114

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City: Istanbul

Number of meetings in 2010: 109

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City: Lisbon

Number of meetings in 2010: 106

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City: Amsterdam

Number of meetings in 2010: 104

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City: Sydney

Number of meetings in 2010: 102

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City: Taipei

Number of meetings in 2010: 99

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City: Beijing

Number of meetings in 2010: 98

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City: Buenos Aires

Number of meetings in 2010: 98

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City: London

Number of meetings in 2010: 97

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City: Copenhagen

Number of meetings in 2010: 92

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City: Seoul

Number of meetings in 2010: 91

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City: Stockholm

Number of meetings in 2010: 89

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City: Budapest

Number of meetings in 2010: 87

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City: Prague

Number of meetings in 2010: 85

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City: Hong Kong

Number of meetings in 2010: 82


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