Singapore sees record year

Singapore notched up a record 9.7 million visitor arrivals and more than £4bn in tourism receipts in 2006 according to its annual report. The tourism receipts represented a 14.5% growth over 2005, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. The territory’s visitor arrivals grew 9% over the period and total visitor days were also up 9%, at 32.9 million days across last year. The average hotel occupancy rate reached 85% between January and December 2006. The country’s top five markets – Indonesia, China, Australia, India, and Malaysia – accounted for more than half of all visitor arrivals. The Singapore Tourism Board attributed the record-breaking year to marketing and promotional efforts as well as improved connectivity and affordability of air travel.

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