Visitors to Singapore reach record for March
Singapore welcomed 908,000 visitors in March, setting a new record for the month and 5.7 per cent growth over the corresponding month a year ago, the Tourism Board said on Thursday.
Indonesia remained the top visitor-generating country with 155,000 people coming to the city-state. China followed with 98,000, Australia 62,000, the United Kingdom 61,000 and India 58,000, rounding out the top five, the dpa reported.
"These markets accounted for 48 per cent of total visitor arrivals for the month," the board's statement said.
With the opening of the Singapore Flyer, the world's tallest observation wheel, earlier this year and the inaugural F1 Singapore Grand Prix scheduled for September, the city-state is aiming for a larger slice of Asia's tourism pie.
The average room rate in March was estimated at 238 Singapore dollars (178 US dollars), representing 23.8 per cent growth over the same month in 2007.