THE Lion City has emerged champion again in UIA's latest ranking of top international meeting cities and countries for having hosted 952 meetings in 2012, up from 919 in 2011.
Japan has overtaken the US this year to claim second spot on the country chart with 731 meetings. Japan hosted 598 meetings in 2011 which placed it in third position.
South Korea and Australia, with 563 and 287 meetings respectively, are the other only Asian countries in the top 10 collection. South Korea takes fifth spot, up from sixth last year, while Australia holds its 10th position.
The rest of UIA’s top international meeting country chart for 2012 comprises Belgium (in fourth place with 597 meetings), France (sixth; 494 meetings), Austria (seventh; 458), Spain (eighth; 449) and Germany (ninth; 373).
On the 2012 top meeting cities chart, Singapore is followed by Brussels (547 meetings), Vienna (326), Paris (276), Seoul (253), Tokyo (225), Barcelona (150), Copenhagen (150), Madrid (149) and London (119).
UIA’s International Meetings Statistics for the Year 2012 also reported a rise in the number of meetings captured in its database. Some 392,588 meetings were held in 2012, compared to 376,381 in 2011.