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Singapore emerges as `Hot Destination` at ATM 2007

Singapore is rapidly emerging as one of the most popular Asian destinations for tourists from the Middle East, according to senior industry executives gathering in Dubai for a major travel…

Singapore is rapidly emerging as one of the most popular Asian destinations for tourists from the Middle East, according to senior industry executives gathering in Dubai for a major travel exhibition.

Among other accolades, Singapore was named as the “Most popular emerging destination,” following a special survey of Emarati travellers conducted by Asfaar travel magazine.

  • Industry recognition is supported by ongoing growth in the number of travellers from the region in 2007.
  • Visitors to the city-state numbered 835,000 in March 2007, 1.9 percent more than the same month a year ago and a record high, according to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
  • Tourist numbers reached a record 9.7 million last year and Singapore is aiming to set another record in 2007 as part of its drive to increase its share of the travel market.

As part of the campaign to reach out to the region, the largest-ever delegation of Singapore travel and hospitality companies are exhibiting at this year’s Arabian Travel Market.

“Singapore is entering a very exciting phase of growth and development in tourism and we’re delighted that the Middle East is making such a strong contribution,” said Ke-Wei Peh, Area Director, Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board.

“Increasingly, we are in a position to offer tailored holiday packages that appeal to regional visitors to ensure that they make the most out of their time in Singapore,” he added.

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