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Tourist Arrivals Increased In Singapore During The First Two Quarters of 2012

The arrival of tourists in Singapore was noted to have increased from January to June of this year, based on the Visitor Arrival Statistics report of the Singapore Tourism Board.

More than 7 million tourists from all over the world came to Singapore from January to June 2012. This marked an 11.4 percent increase from last year’s record. The total amount of tourist spending during the period was S$11.5 billion, also marking a 7 percent year-on-year increase.

The most number of arrivals was recorded in the month of March 2012, with around 1.2 million tourists travelling to the country.

The most number of tourists in Singapore for the period came from the Asian region. Asian tourists who came to the country totalled to about 5.4 million. This was followed by the European countries with a total of 779,905 visitors; the Oceania with a total of 491, 903 tourists; and the Americas with a total of 312, 347 travellers.

Meanwhile, as seen in the record of countries of origin, the most number of tourists came from Indonesia, with a total of 1.3 million visitors. This was followed by China with 978, 189 tourists; and India with 478,497 travellers.

In Europe, the most number of tourists bound for Singapore were from the United Kingdom (230, 217), followed by Germany (131, 298) and France (74, 402).

The most number of tourists in the Oceania came from Australia with about 432, 389; more than the tourists who came from the UK.

In the Americas, the most number of tourists came from USA with a total of 241, 942 visitors. Canada recorded a total of 45, 544 tourists.

Tourism is among the growing and strong industries in Singapore. With the increasing number of people who come to Singapore each year for pleasure and business, the country is continuously improving facilities and adding new attractions. New sights such as Resorts World Sentosa’s Marine Life Park, with the world’s largest aquarium will be among the awaited places to visit in Singapore.

Meanwhile, to further boost tourism and to better serve tourists, the Singapore Cruise Centre recently had a facelift; with a bigger and better space for visitors’ arrivals and departures. Earlier this year, the Singapore Ministry of Finance and Transport announced the expansion of the Changi International Airport to cater to the steadily increase of air passenger traffic. The Changi International Airport is one of the world’s best and busiest airports. Last year, the airport handled about 47 million passengers, marking a 10.7% increase over the previous year. The airport registered about 4.2 million passengers just for the month of October 2012.