Singapore Tourism Board executives are anticipating a strong response to their national pavilion at the forthcoming Arabian Travel Market, looking to build upon an increasing number of travellers visiting Singapore from the Middle East, according to reports.
With the largest number of participants of its pavilion to date—including major attractions, leading hotel chains and innovative travel agents, and a number of first-time exhibitors—organisers are confident that their participation will contribute to the ongoing rise in visitor numbers from the region to Singapore.
Tourism plays a major part in the Southeast Asian nation’s dynamic economy, generating an estimated S$10.8 billion in tourism receipts in 2005. Singapore also set a new high of 8.94 million visitor arrivals last year. Total visitor days achieved a double-digit growth of 14 per cent to reach 30.6 million days in 2005.
In 2005, Singapore hotels recorded S$1.2 billion in room revenue, an increase of 16 per cent over the same period in 2004.