India among top tourist generating markets for Singapore

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Singapore, Jan 23 (UNI) India has emerged as the top four tourist generating market for Singapore last year, after Indonesia, China and Australia, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said today.

It said 749,000 tourist from India visited Singapore in 2007, a 14 per cent increase from 2006.

The strong growth and record arrivals of 749,000 passenger arrival from India can be attributed to the positive economic growth, rising disposable incomes as well as strategic advertising and tactical promotions, said the STB.

Last year, Singapore welcomed its ten millionth visitor from India. Mr Sanjeev Bhandari, 34, was welcomed by the STB at the Changi Airport on December 22, 2007 as the ten millionth tourist visitor.

He arrived from Hyderabad with his wife and a son and a daughter for holidays in Singapore and was surprised on winning a 50,000 Singapore dollars worth of gifts, including a Singapore Airlines business class return ticket to Singapore.

Singapore's top tourist generating market was Indonesia, accounting for 1.96 million tourist visitors out of the 10.3 million visitors. China accounted for 1.11 million tourist visitors and Australia 768,000 visitors.

The STB said the 2007 tourist spending in the island city state increased by 11.3 per cent to 13.8 billion Singapore dollars.

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