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Singapore February 2003 visitor arrivals

Singapore visitor arrivals in February 2003 grew 2.3% to a total of 612,897 visitors. The 12 largest…

Singapore visitor arrivals in February 2003 grew 2.3% to a total of 612,897 visitors. The 12 largest visitor-generating markets were:

Total Arrivals: 612,897 (+2.3%)

1. Indonesia 100,315 (+11.3%)

2. P R China 89,679 (+9.8%)

3. Japan 50,434 (+1.7%)

4. UK 43,983 (-1.9%)

5. Malaysia 40,232 (-7.8%)

6. South Korea 32,689 (+6.2%)

7. Australia 31,246 (-10.3%)

8. USA 24,793 (-11.2%)

9. Hong Kong 24,546 (-8.3%)

10. India 23,730 (+10.5%)

11. Thailand 19,548 (+11.2%)

12. Taiwan 17,922 (-16.5%)

Indonesia continued its 6th consecutive month of positive growth by posting an 11.3% increase in arrivals. Holiday and business-related arrivals registered double-digit growths of 23.7% and 15.2% respectively.

Strong promotion of Chinese New Year tour packages by STB contributed to China`s continued growth of 9.8%. This is evident in the increase in holiday (+15.8%) and group-packaged (+14.4%) traffic. First time visitors from China increased 15.3%.

Visitor arrivals from Japan grew 1.7% in February, achieving its 6th consecutive month of positive growth due to reduction of airfare by major airlines. Holiday and group-packaged traffic showed growth of 3.6% and 9.9% respectively.

Arrivals from South Korea grew 6.2% after three months of decline, attributable to the promotion of the Celebration Singapore package. Holiday arrivals and visitors on group-packaged tours increased by 7.9% and 12.6% respectively.

Continued travel advisory warning against travel to Southeast Asian countries caused arrivals from Australia to decline by 10.3%. This is evident by the fall in holiday arrivals by 14.7% in February. Business-related arrivals declined 9.1%.

USA visitor arrivals declined 11.2%, due to the drop in holiday traffic (-3.2%) and business-related traffic (-13.3%).

Visitor arrivals from India grew 10.5%, largely contributed by the increase in holiday traffic (+14.8%) and business-related arrivals (+6.8%).

Weak economic outlook continued to dampen visitor arrivals from Hong Kong (-8.3%). Holiday traffic fell 12.0%.

Aggressive promotion of the Hong Bao Giveaway boosted visitor arrivals from Thailand by 11.2%. Holiday arrivals increased 12.7% while business-related arrivals increased 16.4%. The latter was mainly accrued to the strong attendance at the Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (2800 persons).

Overall, holiday arrivals grew by 4.8%. Growth was registered mainly from Indonesia (+23.7%), China (+15.8%), India (+14.8%), and Thailand (+12.7%). On the other hand, holiday arrivals from Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong declined by 14.7%, 13.9%, and 12.0% respectively.

Business-related1 traffic registered a positive growth of 4.1% in arrivals, largely contributed by the strong performances from Thailand (+16.4%), Hong Kong (+15.5%), Indonesia (+15.0%), and South Korea (+12.7%). Decreases were recorded from USA (-13.3%), UK (-11.7%) and Australia (-9.1%).

Singapore Visitor Arrivals in January – February 2003

Visitor arrivals in January – February increased 4.9% over the same period in 2002, to a total of 1,254,195 visitors.

The 12 largest visitor-generating markets were:

Total Arrivals: 1,254,195 (+4.9%)

1. Indonesia 228,646 (+17.2%)

2. P R China 152,120 (+15.3%)

3. Japan 103,539 (+6.7%)

4. UK 92,001 (+2.7%)

5. Malaysia 81,250 (-3.1%)

6. Australia 77,690 (-5.7%)

7. South Korea 67,648 (-2.5%)

8 USA 54,239 (-4.6%)

9. India 51,039 (+10.2%)

10. Hong Kong 41,869 (-3.5%)

11. Thailand 39,119 (+8.0%)

12. Taiwan 33,731 (-16.6%)

Singapore Hotel Sector Performance in February 2003

– Maximum room-nights: 853,216 (-0.5%); Available room-nights: 784,731 (-2.6%)

– Gross lettings: 589,494 (-0.8%); Paid lettings: 579,808 (-0.9%)

– Standard AOR: 75.1% (up 1.3 percentage points over February 2002)

– Standard ARR: $121.9 (-9.1%)

– Revenue per available room (Revpar): $91.6 (-7.4%)

AOR = Average Occupancy Rate

ARR = Average Room Rate

Revpar = AOR X ARR

Note: Figures for the Hotel Sector Performance are updated as at 21st February 2003

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