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Singapore eyes up to 10pc rise in 2012 visitor arrivals

 

File photo of the Marina Bay street circuit of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix illuminated at dusk. — Reuters picFile photo of the Marina Bay street circuit of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix illuminated at dusk. — Reuters picSINGAPORE, March 23 — Singapore hopes to attract up to 10 per cent more visitors this year, Second Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran said today, helped by an increase in cruise tourism.

“STB (Singapore Tourism Board) is projecting visitor arrivals to be between 13.5 and 14.5 million this year, an increase of up to 10 per cent from 2011,” Iswaran said at a tourism conference, according to speech notes provided to reporters.

The board also expects tourism receipts to reach S$23 billion (RM55.2 billion) to S$24 billion this year, a rise of up to 8 per cent from last year’s S$22.2 billion, he added.

Iswaran identified cruises as a growth area, helped by the development of more fly-cruise itineraries that make use of Singapore’s strategic position as a key Asian gateway.

Singapore has seen a boom in tourism in recent years, helped by the hosting of high-profile events such as the Formula One night race and the opening of two multi-billion-dollar casino resorts in 2010.

Last year, the Southeast city-state welcomed a record 13.2 million visitors, state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said earlier this week. — Reuters