Updated: 08/26/2014 20:41

Number of visitors to Singapore dips, more quality visitors

Number of visitors to Singapore dips, more quality visitors

The number of international visitor arrivals to Singapore dipped 2.8 per cent in the first first half of the year, due to a decline in Chinese visitors who stay for a day or less. 

The Singapore Tourism Board, STB, said excluding China, visitor arrivals from the other markets grew 2.3 per cent over the same six-month period. 

It said there were 7.5 million visitors in the first six months, with 1.2 million in June alone. 

The number of Chinese visitors fell by 30 per cent year-on-year, following the implementation of China's new tourism law in October last year. 

It prohibits travel agencies from offering packages below cost in the hope of making up the difference through additional services. 

In addition to that, the tourism board said that the tragic disappearance of flight MH370, the abduction of Chinese tourists in Sabah and political unrest in Thailand have all had a dampening effect on Chinese travel to this region. 

But STB said it hasn't affected tourism receipts, which went up 5 per cent to $6 billion in the first three months of the year. 

STB said hotel room revenue rose 8.8 per cent to 1.6 billion. 

And the revenue per available room held steady at $218 as the 1.2 per cent decline in Average Occupancy Rate was offset by a corresponding increase in Average Room Rate.

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