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28 May 2009

Singapore saw 6% decline in tourist arrivals in April

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A fall in tourist arrivals in Singapore levelled off in April, as the number of visitors to the city state shrank 6.1 per cent compared to a year ago, German news agency DPA quoted the Singapore Tourism Board as saying Wednesday.

The decline was smaller than the double-digit slump posted in each of the previous three months.

In April, a total of 780,000 visitors arrived in Singapore.

Arrivals from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vietnam, Germany and Australia grew, which the board "mainly attributed to the Easter holiday period in April."

Visitor days in April reached 3.2 million, a decrease of 3.3 per cent compared to April 2008.

The average occupancy rate for Singapore's hotels was 71 per cent in April, down 11.9 percentage points from a year earlier, the board said.

Hotel room revenue was estimated at 110 million Singapore dollars (76 million US dollars), a sharp decline of 40.2 per cent compared to April last year.









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