The lure of Singapore

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The Raffles in Singapore – where tourists must have a Singapore Sling as a souvenir of the visit

Singapore’s first visitor numbers for 2017 show that international visitor arrivals in the first quarter went up by 4% when compared to 2016 – reaching a total of 4.3m visitors.

The UK was the ninth largest source market for visitors to Singapore, with 159,000 Brits visiting the city state, up 5%.

To me Singapore is one of the best places for a short break or as a base to explore both the city state and southern Malaysia. Over the years the shops and the restaurant scene have enticed visitors from all over the world but for many in Europe, a thirteen hour flight is a bit far for a short break. But as a place to have a stopover break on the way to a destination like Australia, New Zealand or China is is ideal being compact with a good public transport system and a large range of attractions.

Given that the shopping is a big draw it comes as no surprise that it was the largest contributor to tourism receipts and accounted for S$1.6bn of the spend – an increase of 38% on the previous year.

Tourism Receipts from accommodation, and food and beverage, were up 18% and 14% respectively, whilst sightseeing, entertainment and gaming remained level.

Mr. Jason Chan, area director, Northern & Western Europe; Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We are delighted to see that Singapore continues to satisfy travellers’ passions as a destination. Whether our visitors are Foodies, Explorers or Collectors, we are pleased to see that our UK trade partnerships and marketing efforts are yielding continued and growing interest in Singapore as a destination in its own right, and that our world-renowned attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and Michelin-starred hawker food, resonate well with our British visitors.”

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