Visitor Arrivals to Singapore Cross One Million
On July 30 2010, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) achieved a significant milestone by welcoming its one-millionth visitor in just a single month. Such strong tourism figures suggest that Singapore will meet its forecast of welcoming 11.5 to 12.5 million visitors in 2010.
STB also recently released figures that indicated a rise in the number of Middle East visitors to the Garden City. Over 66,000 travellers from the Middle East headed to Singapore from January to June of this year, representing a growth of 23.2 percent year-on-year. The Middle East's growth corresponds with a 22.6 percent rise in the total number of visitors to Singapore, which reached over 5.5 million visitors in the first six months of 2010.
To celebrate reaching this historic record of '1 million in 1 month', 10,000 goodie packs containing visitor privileges, vouchers and Merlion souvenirs were distributed to visitors arriving at Singapore's four airport terminals from 12.30-1.30pm on July 30,2010.
"We wanted to celebrate this happy occasion with all our arriving guests as it is only through their support that we have achieved this milestone. We are optimistic that visitor figures will remain strong for the remaining half of the year," said Leong Yue Kheong, Assistant Chief Executive, International Group, STB.
"July has traditionally been a peak period to Singapore for travellers from the Middle East, and I would like to thank Middle East travellers for contributing to this historic achievement," said Jason Ong, Area Director, Middle East and Africa, STB.
With a host of world class events, such as the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in August, the 2010 Formula ONE Singtel Singapore Grand Prix in September, the Singapore Sun Festival in October and a range of new attractions and F&B offerings opening, tourism arrivals to Singapore are likely to continue on their upward trajectory.