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Middle East tourists flocking to Singapore
September 2010 1598

Stunning luxury resorts, world-renowned attractions and the launch of the ‘YourSingapore’ brand have all contributed to a significant increase in tourists from the Middle East visiting Singapore.

According to figures from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) numbers travelling from the region between January and June of this year grew 23 per cent compared with 2009, with nearly 55,000 arrivals. 

The number of tourists from the UAE in particular increased from 21,756 to 23,248, a growth of 6.85 per cent.

Singapore is also high on the list of holiday and business destinations for journeyers from other Arabic counties. During the same six months, numbers of visitors from Iran rose by 49.60 per cent to more than 20,000 people, with Qatar and Kuwait also reporting record numbers.

“2010 is such an exciting time for us. Singapore is becoming an even more popular global destination for visitors from the Middle East and we’re looking forward to welcoming more and more tourists from the region as the year progresses,” said Jason Ong, area director for Middle East and Africa, STB.

Strong growth comes in the wake of the opening of two new multi-billion dollar integrated resorts as part of Singapore’s transformation. They include South East Asia’s first-ever Universal Studios, located at ITB exhibitor Resorts World Sentosa, featuring 24 exciting rides and attractions and the world’s only Madagascar theme park.

The amazing Marina Bay Sands has also helped Singapore gain a place on the international centre stage. This fully-integrated resort boasts six hotels with a staggering 963 hotel rooms, designer shopping centres and six celebrity-chef restaurants and is already succeeding in appealing to tourists with its magnificent nightlife, entertainment and luxury venues.

“2010 is becoming a landmark year for Singapore’s tourism sectors with our integrated resorts adding to an already compelling suite of tourism attractions. I am confident that Singapore will continue to attract more and more tourists from the Middle East as they continue to discover Singapore’s array of enriching experiences,” said Ong.

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