ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Arrival numbers fall amidst slow economy
Singapore suffered a 12.9 percent drop in visitor arrivals in January from a year ago as the global downturn and a sharp economic slowdown in Asia hurt tourism, reported Reuters.
The fall in visitors comes at a time when Singapore is trying to boost tourism, with two multi-billion-dollar casino-resorts containing thousands of hotel rooms scheduled to open by the middle of next year.
The largest number of visitors came from Indonesia, China and Australia. The tourism authority also said the average hotel room rate in Singapore fell 11.7 percent to S$209 ($135) in January from a year ago, while hotel occupancy plunged to 67 percent from 85 percent a year earlier.
Las Vegas Sands is scheduled to open its Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore before the end of this year, while Genting International's Resorts World at Sentosa will open sometime next year.
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