ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
September 26, 2007
Arrivals up 4.7% in August
Singapore attracted 911,000 visitors in August, up 4.7 percent from a year ago and a new record for the number of visitor arrivals in the month of August, the government said on Wednesday.
The Southeast Asian city-state has identified tourism -- which contributes about 5 percent of gross domestic product -- as a key services industry and expects the number of visitors to the island in 2007 to hit a record as it reduces its dependence on manufacturing and exports.
Singapore received 951,000 visitors in July, a record number for any month.
Indonesian and Chinese are the top two nationalities visiting Singapore, accounting for about 28 percent of all visitor arrivals in August, the Singapore Tourism Board said.
Many of the visitors to the city-state are made up of business executives, a trend which Singapore wants to develop into a niche by positioning itself as an ideal spot for business meetings or "MICE" -- meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions -- tourism.
Singapore was ranked as the third city in the world for meetings last year, behind Paris and Vienna, the Singapore Tourism Board said, citing the latest ranking by the Union of International Associations.
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