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March 26, 2008

Indonesians led record arrivals in February

Singapore welcomed 811,000 visitors in February, setting a new record for the month with arrivals from Indonesia and China leading the way, the tourism board said on Tuesday.

The total represented growth of 7 per cent compared to the same month a year ago. A breakdown of the top five visitor-generating markets showed 125,000 from Indonesia, 121,000 from China, 52,000 from Australia, 51,000 from the UK and 50,000 from Malaysia.

"These markets accounted for 49 per cent of total visitor arrivals for the month," the board was quoted by DPA as saying. China's 120,000 set an all-time record achieved in a single month.

The board attributed strong travel promotions, increased flights and the Chinese New Year holiday period for the growth.

Among the top 15 markets, Vietnam, Australia and South Korea registered the highest growth. Vietnam's was up 43 per cent, Australia's 30 per cent and South Korea's 30 per cent.

More than 10 million visitors arrived in 2007, a record high.

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