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Updated: 05/08/2013 19:34 | By Channel NewsAsia

Ministers say WTA Championships a boost to tourism, sports development

Ministers say WTA Championships a boost to tourism, sports development


Ministers say WTA Championships a boost to tourism, sports development

SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities have said hosting the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Championships will be a boost to tourism and sports development.

Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran said staging such an international sports event is in line with Singapore's quality, yield-driven tourism strategy.

He said visitors can expect a distinctive sporting event integrated with entertainment and lifestyle offerings. 

"Given the nature of the event, it provides significant potential to work with Singaporeans, local businesses and the community to build complementary events and activities around it," he said.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said hosting the championships at the new Sports Hub will be a catalyst for local tennis development and community interest in sports.

"With the tennis players helming festivals, coaching clinics and workshops, we hope to grow local interest in tennis, as well as raise the standards among players and officials in Singapore. This event will allow Singaporeans to appreciate tennis at its best, and inspire more people to take up the sport," said Mr Wong. - CNA/de

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