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Singapore develops tourism strategies

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Singapore has aligned strategies to position itself to take advantage of the next phase of tourism growth in Asia.

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, S.Iswaran said from a macro perspective, Asia is set to become a strong growth engine for global tourism.

According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Asia was the strongest growing region in 2010.

For 2011, the number of international tourist arrivals in Asia and the Pacific region is expected to grow by seven to nine percent.

"Singapore is well-placed to tap this growth. With innovative ideas, an integrated approach within the industry and greater productivity, we can ride on Asia's momentum and position ourselves for the next phase of growth," he said in his speech at the Tourism Industry Conference (TIC) 2011, here Tuesday.

Iswaran pointed out that a pipeline of exciting projects such as the Gardens by the Bay, River Safari, International Cruise Terminal and the National Art Gallery, would come on stream over the next few years.

"Supported by our investments in software to enhance productivity and quality, we should be on track to achieve the Singapor Tourism Board's forecast of between 12 to 13 million visitor arrivals and S$22 to S$24 billion in tourism receipts in 2011," he said.

Last year, Singapore had an all time high of 11.6 million visitors, a 20 percent increase from 2009. Its tourism receipts rose by 49 percent to hit a record of S$18.8 billion.

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