Middle East tourists flock to Singapore
The number of tourists visiting Singapore from the Middle East grew by an impressive 23% in the six months to June compared to the previous corresponding period in 2009, topping 55,000.The number of tourists from the UAE in particular increased from 21,756 to 23,248, representing an increase of 6.85%.The number of visitors from Iran rose by 49.6% to more than 20,000 people, with Qatar and Kuwait also reporting increases of 4% and 84% 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 resorts, including South East Asia’s first-ever Universal Studios, located on Resorts World Sentosa, featuring 24 rides and attractions and the world’s only Madagascar theme park. Marina Bay Sands has also played a key role in Singapore’s tourism bid. The fully integrated resort boasts six hotels with a total of 963 rooms, designer shopping centres and six celebrity chef restaurants.