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28 June 2009

Swine flu contributes to tourism slump in Singapore

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Visitor arrivals to Singapore fell 13 percent in May over the same period last year, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, quoting official figures.

A total of 730,000 tourists visited Singapore in May. The country's tourism sector saw sharper declines in visitor arrivals from markets such as China and Japan which can be attributed in part to the global outbreak of A/H1N1 flu, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said.

In May, Singapore gazetted hotels were estimated to generate 112 million Singapore dollars (about $77 million) in room revenue, a decrease of 37.7 percent over May 2008.

Average occupancy rate was at 69 percent for May 2009, posting a 12.2 percentage point decrease over May 2008.

The Singapore government expected that for the whole year of 2009, visitor arrivals could reach between 9 and 9.5 million, and tourism receipts will be in the range of 12 to S$12.5 billion ($8 to 8.3 billion).


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