A record number of travellers from the UAE visited Singapore last year with a 14 percent rise in visitor numbers arriving in the Asian dynamo from the Emirates totalling 56,474 travellers, according to year-end figures collated by Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
The increase in visitors from the UAE was matched by a 20 percent rise in world-wide visitor numbers which reached a record 11.6 million in 2010, up from 9.7 million in 2009. Aided by improving global economic conditions, travellers flocked to experience Singapore’s landmark year of transformation that saw the opening of a wide range of tourist attractions including two multi-billion dollar integrated resorts and a slew of internationally acclaimed creative and sporting events.
The tourism industry’s 2010 rebound saw receipts rise by an impressive 49 percent on 2009 figures hitting an all time high of US$14.7 billion, exceeding the year’s forecast range of US$13.6 billion to US$14.4 billion. Sightseeing and entertainment saw the largest growth in receipts with a 1,893 percent increase, followed by a 25 percent rise in receipts for accommodation and a 23 percent rise on food and beverage receipts.
“2010 was a landmark year in Singapore’s continual evolution as a travellers’ destination.
From South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park at Resort World Sentosa to the world’s longest infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands to the world’s first Youth Olympic Games, travellers were able to enjoy a host of new enriching experiences,” said Jason Ong, Area Director Middle East and Africa, STB.
“Singapore’s tourism offering will continue to evolve this year with the completion of groundbreaking projects such as the first phase of the 101ha ‘Gardens by the Bay’ that will transform Singapore into a ‘City in a Garden.’ Our integrated resorts will also continue their rollout with new projects such as the launch of the world’s first ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and the Maritime Xperiential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa,” Ong concluded.
Overall 147,000 visitors arrived from the Middle East in Singapore in 2010 compared with 117,000 in 2009:
*UAE - 56,474 visitors in 2010 , which was up 14 % on 2009
*Saudi Arabia - 12,631 visitors in 2010, which was up 17% on 2009
*Kuwait - 8,368 visitors in 2010, which was up 46% on 2009
*Qatar - 6,522 visitors in 2010, which was up 21% on 2009