Biz Travellers Choose SG Over HK

Singapore has surpassed Hong Kong as the destination in Asia Pacific most frequently travelled to for business in the first half of this year, according to an Accor survey.

Singapore was the most visited destination for travellers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and India, the second annual Accor Asia-Pacific Business Traveller Research showed.

Inversely, Singaporeans identified Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia as their top three destinations travelled to for business, while volumes increased 60% in the first half of the year.

Evan Lewis, vice president of communications at Accor Asia Pacific, said business travellers have affirmed Singapore as the top destination in the region, and the trend is expected to continue in the next half of 2012.

"The findings underscore Singapore's importance as a business gateway to Southeast Asia."

Thailand also emerged as another key business destination, garnering one of the top three spots from travellers in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, China, and Indonesia.

The Accor Asia Pacific Business Traveller Research interviewed over 2,500 respondents from nine countries in the region.