Stunning luxury resorts, world-renowned attractions and the recent launch of the ‘YourSingapore’ brand have all contributed to a significant increase in tourists from the Middle East, according to new figures from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Latest figures reveal that the number of visitors from the Middle East to Singapore during the period of January to June of this year compared with 2009 grew by 23.21 percent, with nearly 55,000 visitors arriving from the region.
The number of tourists from the UAE in particular increased from 21,756 to 23,248, a growth of 6.85 percent – proving that more and more people are choosing Singapore as the South East Asian destination of choice.
Singapore is also high on the list of holiday and business destinations for journeyers from other Arabic counties. During the same six months, numbers of visitors from Iran rose by 49.60 percent to more than 20,000 people, with Qatar and Kuwait also reporting record numbers with 4.07 percent and 84.12 percent increases, respectively.
“2010 is such an exciting time for us. Singapore is becoming an even more popular global destination for visitors from the Middle East and we’re looking forward to welcoming more and more tourists from the region as the year progresses,” said Jason Ong, Area Director for Middle East and Africa, STB.
Strong growth comes in the wake of the opening of two new multi-billion dollar Integrated Resorts as part of Singapore’s transformation. The resorts include South East Asia’s first-ever Universal Studios, located on Resorts World Sentosa, featuring 24 exciting rides and attractions and the world’s only Madagascar theme park.
The amazing Marina Bay Sands has also helped Singapore gain a place on the international centre stage. This fully integrated resort boasts six hotels with a staggering 963 hotel rooms, designer shopping centres and six celebrity chef restaurants, and is already succeeding in appealing to tourists with its magnificent nightlife, entertainment and luxury venues.
In June, the official launch of the Sands Sky Park and Event Plaza along Marina Bay, also added to Singapore’s transformation of becoming a world-class travel destination that has something to offer every kind of traveller.
And there is more to come. Singapore will also play host to enthusiastic racing fans from around the globe when the Singapore Formula One hits town in November.
“2010 is becoming a landmark year for Singapore’s tourism sectors with our Integrated Resorts adding to an already compelling suite of tourism attractions. I am confident that Singapore will continue to attract more and more tourists from the Middle East as they continue to discover Singapore’s array of enriching experiences,” said Ong.