Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Singapore's hotel revenue plunges 40% in April

Singapore's hotel revenue plummeted 40 percent in April as owners slashed room rates amid the global drop-off in travel.

Revenue fell to 110 million Singapore dollars ($76 million) from SG$184 million a year earlier and SG$122 million in March, the Singapore Tourism Board said Wednesday.

Singapore's mainstay industries - tourism, manufacturing and finance - have all been battered by the global economic slowdown.

The government expects the economy to contract as much as 9 percent this year.

The average hotel room rate of SG$186 in April was down 27 percent from a year earlier and 8.4 percent lower than in March, the board said.

Tourist arrivals dropped 6.1 percent to 779,000 in April from 829,000 in the same month a year earlier, the board said.

Arrivals fell 1.5 percent from March.

The hotel occupancy rate slid to 71 percent from 83 percent a year earlier.

Tourist income will likely fall to between S$12 billion and S$12.5 billion this year from S$14.8 billion last year, the board said in February.

It expects tourist arrivals to drop to between 9 million and 9.5 million in 2009 from 10.1 million in 2008.

Source : STAR
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