Fri, 27 Jun 2008
Singapore (ANTARA News) - Visitor arrivals in Singapore rose 0.8 percent to 828,000 in May from a year earlier, a record for the month, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Friday.

Tourists paid 28.2 percent more for hotels compared to a year earlier, with the average room rate at S$249, but the average occupancy rate dropped 3.5 percentage points to 82 percent.

Visitors from Indonesia, India, China, Australia, India, and Malaysia dominated the numbers, accounting for 53 percent of total arrivals in the city-state last month.

Singapore has stepped up its efforts to grow its tourism industry as the city-state aims to diversify its sources of economic growth.

The STB aims to attract 10.8 million tourists and bring in S$15.5 billion in tourism receipts this year, with the targets growing to 17 million tourists and S$30 billion in tourism receipts by 2015. (*)



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