The Singapore Tourism Board has announced that Lionel Yeo will be appointed to the position of chief executive for three years with effect from June 1st 2012.
He will be taking over the role from Aw Kah Peng, who will step down at the end of this month to pursue her personal interests, after more than 20 years of service in the public sector.
As chief of STB since Jan 1st 2009, Aw made significant contributions to Singapore’s tourism development and ensured that tourism continued to be a key economic pillar.
During her tenure, Aw strengthened STB’s industry development strategies and efforts, partnering industry stakeholders to deliver many new and impactful initiatives.
During this time, she helped to support the successful opening of the two Integrated Resorts and the rejuvenation of Orchard Road.
In addition, Aw oversaw the development of the new Cruise Terminal at Marina South, which will be ready for its first ship call later this year.
These efforts have contributed to growth in the tourism sector.
In 2011, Singapore had 13.2 million international visitors and Tourism Receipts of $22.2 billion, a 13 per cent increase in visitor arrivals and 17 per cent increase in tourism receipts, respectively.
The outlook remains upbeat for 2012, and STB has projected tourism receipts to reach $23 – 24 billion, an increase of up to eight per cent from 2011.
Lionel Yeo is currently deputy secretary (Development) in the public service division of the prime minister’s office and chief executive and dean of the Civil Service College.