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Cities within Asia Pacific make up the top ten business travel destinations from Singapore, echoing results for the past two years, according to the American Express Global Business Travel.

The list was dominated by Kuala Lumpur, followed by Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai and Sydney. 

"In terms of the rankings, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta remain the top two destinations due to long existing business links with Singapore, proximity, as well as their roles as technology and data centre hubs for the region. Manila has overtaken Shanghai as the 5th most popular destination this year, and we see Manila's role as a call centre hub as driving this shift," said Dr. Carl Jones, vice president, global client management, APAC, American Express GBT.

An interesting insight observed was the desire for greater traveller choice as companies are increasingly considering low cost carriers and alternative hotel options.

Outside Asia Pacific, London ranks as the top business travel destination, followed by San Francisco, New York, Dubai and Paris.

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