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Over 0.5 mn Indians visit Singapore in first half of 2015, grow 5.7%


Indian arrivals to Singapore stood at 520,216 people in the first half of 2015 (January to June 2015) growing 5.7% over the same period last year said Andrew Phua, director, exhibitions and conferences (business development group), Singapore Tourism Board at the “The Singapore Dialogue – Innovation in Travel” event organised by the STB and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Delhi-NCR chapter.

He added that Singapore saw an estimated 2.3 million Business Travellers and Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition (BTMICE) visitor from all countries in the first quarter earning the country an estimated $3.89 billion.

India ranked second in terms of tourism receipts and fifth performing market in terms of visitor arrivals. “Indian are seen spending 1.6 times to 1.8 times more than the other leisure visitors,” said Phua.

He said that Singapore was trying to present visitors with unique experiences and venues. STB also receives queries for organising meetings and conferences in an offbeat garden setting at Gardens by the Bay and the National Art Gallery, he said. It will soon unveil a new venue such as the historic Capital Theater, one of South-East Asia’s largest single screen cinemas with approximately 800 seats, built for red carpet movie premieres, first run screenings and MICE events.

Musafir Namah Bureau



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