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Monday 25 February 2019

Singapore tourism continues to boom

Despite the arrival on the scene of popular new Asian tourism destinations like Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, 2018 marked another strong year for Singapore's tourism sector, with both tourism receipts and visitor arrivals achieving new highs.

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Visitor arrivals rose 6.2% to 18.5 million people.

Keith Tan, chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board (STB), said: “We are pleased that Singapore's tourism sector performed well in 2018 despite some economic uncertainties.

"We were fortunate to have benefited from a confluence of positive factors such as strong Asia-Pacific travel demand, increased flight connectivity to Singapore, and various high-profile events. It is also heartening to see our marketing efforts and collaborations with industry partners bearing fruit."

A total of 14 out of Singapore's top 15 markets registered growth in 2018 with seven – China, India, Philippines, UK, USA, Vietnam, and Germany – hitting record-high visitor arrivals.

The hotel industry continued to do well with total gazetted room revenue rising by 7.4%.

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