Singapore expects more GCC tourists this summer

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Singapore, the city-state keen to become the financial and events centre of Asia, is making greater overtures to GCC visitors and expects tourism from the region to increase over the 2012 summer holidays.

According to a Gulf News report, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is preparing for a 10 per cent increase in visitors from the GCC over the holiday months compared to the same period in 2011.

STB Area Director for Middle East and Africa, Mohammad Hafez Marican, was quoted as saying: “Thanks to recent investment in exciting new tourism infrastructure, the new Singapore offers a truly differentiated holiday experience to Gulf visitors.”

According to STB figures, close to 14,300 tourists from the UAE visited Singapore during the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 18 per cent from the same time in 2011.

Saudi tourists increased 36.3 per cent over the same period, which experienced an overall increase in visitors from the Gulf region.

Singapore has enhanced its appeal through integrated resorts and other new tourist attractions while flights from Dubai to Singapore have also increased. Emirates has 29 flights a week while Qatar Airways flies in from Doha 14 times a week.

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Singapore, the city-state keen to become the financial and events centre of Asia, is making greater overtures to GCC visitors and expects tourism from the region to increase over the 2012 summer holidays.

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Singapore, the city-state keen to become the financial and events centre of Asia, is making greater overtures to GCC visitors and expects tourism from the region to increase over the 2012 summer holidays.

According to a Gulf News report, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is preparing for a 10 per cent increase in visitors from the GCC over the holiday months compared to the same period in 2011.

STB Area Director for Middle East and Africa, Mohammad Hafez Marican, was quoted as saying: “Thanks to recent investment in exciting new tourism infrastructure, the new Singapore offers a truly differentiated holiday experience to Gulf visitors.”

According to STB figures, close to 14,300 tourists from the UAE visited Singapore during the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 18 per cent from the same time in 2011.

Saudi tourists increased 36.3 per cent over the same period, which experienced an overall increase in visitors from the Gulf region.

Singapore has enhanced its appeal through integrated resorts and other new tourist attractions while flights from Dubai to Singapore have also increased. Emirates has 29 flights a week while Qatar Airways flies in from Doha 14 times a week.

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