Thursday, October 30, 2008

Singapore’s tourism arrivals still down in September

Visitor arrivals to Singapore in September reached 739,000, registering a decline of a little over four percent, year-on-year. However, visitor days were estimated at 3.2 million days, an increase of over six percent, compared to September last year.

Indonesia, Australia, P R China, India and Japan were Singapore’s top five visitor-generating markets last month, accounting for 52 percent of total visitor arrivals.

The Singapore Tourism Board said that the decline in visitor arrivals in the recent months reflects the challenging global economic environment and outlook for the tourism sector, which may continue into 2009. With the current global economic climate, there is now a general air of uncertainty, which has impacted consumer sentiments and discretionary spending.

Singapore’s visitor arrivals and tourism receipts are expected to fall short of the 2008 targets.

Source : TravelWeekly
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