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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     10 November  2011

Singapore rakes in tourist money

Tourists in Singapore spent a record S$2.5 billion on goods in 2010.

This number looks to be surpassed soon.

Visitors have already spent S$2.4 billion on goods from January to October 2011.

About 12 to 13 million visitor arrivals are expected this year, more than 11.6 million in 2010.

Tourists last year spent a record S$18.8 billion in all.

To make it easy for tourists to claim tax refunds from purchases, an electronic system has been put in place by more than 1,000 retailers

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