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28 October 2009

Singapore sees rebound in tourist arrivals

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Visitor arrivals in Singapore hit 799,000 in September, representing a 7.1 percent increase over the corresponding month last year, reported the city-state’s newspaper the Straits Times.

This is the first growth since visitor arrivals began to dip 15 months ago. Two-thirds of Singapore's leading visitor-generating markets saw growth: in the top 15 arrivals, 10 had gone up.

Malaysia, Singapore's third-largest visitor generating market, recorded the biggest increase of 51.2 percent. Indonesia, Singapore's top visitor market, recorded an increase of 26.8 percent.

The number of visitors from Japan also saw grew for the first time this year - by 7.7 percent.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said the pick-up was due to the Hari Raya holidays and Japan's five-day Silver Week vacation in September. The “attractive travel packages and aggressive marketing for the Singapore Grand Prix Season” also made Singapore a favourable destination.

The only top-five market that showed negative growth was China - Chinese tourist arrivals fell 11 percent.


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