Thursday, October 29, 2009

M'sia Records Double-digit Growth In Visitor Arrivals To S'pore

Malaysia and Indonesia, which were two of Singapore's top five visitor-generating markets last month, recorded double-digit growth in their tourist arrivals to the city-state.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said Malaysia and Indonesia registered double-digit growth of 51.2 per cent and 26.8 per cent respectively compared to the same period in 2008 due to the Hari Raya holidays taking place last month.

In its monthly report released today, the STB said that visitor arrivals to the city-state registered its first growth of 7.1 per cent on year to reach 799,000 in September 2009.

However, hotel room revenue was estimated to reach S$140 million last month, a drop of 28.0 per cent against September 2008.

Among the top five markets, Indonesia led the pack with 183,000 visitors, followed by Australia (73,000 visitors), Malaysia (68,000 visitors), China (60,000 visitors) and India (57,000 visitors).

These five markets accounted for 55.2 per cent of total visitor arrivals for the month.

The STB said that Japan posted its first growth of 7.7 per cent this year due to the country's Silver Week holidays.

Other markets that also saw growth compared to September 2008 were Vietnam (9.0 per cent), India (6.7 per cent), Germany (5.0 per cent), the United Kingdom (1.4 per cent) and Australia (0.8 per cent).

Source : Bernama
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