Singapore (ANTARA News) - Singapore's tourism industry hit record highs in the first half of this year, welcoming 4.9 million visitors and achieving an estimated 6.4 billion Singapore dollars (4.2 billion US dollars) in tourism receipts, the tourism board said on Tuesday.
The hotel sector's performance also hit record highs.
"The first half of 2007 showed a continuation of the good momentum we have been seeing in recent years," said Lim Neo Chian, the board's chief executive and deputy chairman.
Compared to the same period in 2006, the first half of 2007 showed strong 9 per cent growth in tourism receipts and a 5.2 per cent increase in visitor arrivals, he was quoted by DPA as saying in a statement.
Indonesia, China, India, Australia and Malaysia were the top five visitor generating markets for the first six months of this year, accounting for half of the visitor total.
Lim also cited "record high visitor arrivals for each month this year compared to the same month in previous years."
For the January to June period in 2007, the average room rate rose by 19.5 per cent to 192 Singapore dollars (127 US dollars). The average occupancy rate reached 86 per cent. (*)