Singapore’s tourism treasures attracted 14.4 million foreign tourists in 2012 alone, raking in tourism receipts to the tune of 23 billion SGD, making it the most sought-after destination in terms of travel and tourism according to the World Economic Forum. This means that the tourism sector alone saw a growth of 10.8 percent since 2008. The city-state’s Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, S. Iswaran, said in a recent statement that tourism receipts in 2013 should be between 23.5 and 24.5 billion USD, representing an increase of 2.2 percent to 6.5 percent over 2012.
Singapore’s buoyant tourism statistics reflect its strategy to transform the country into a destination with unique assets and facilities to attract visitors from all over the world. The country has invested heavily into creating an unforgettable experience for tourists. A host of new attractions are being launched in 2013 along with excellent dining and shopping options.
Singapore Zoo, which draws over 1.7 million people every year, turns 40 in 2013 and has rolled out various activities to share the celebration with visitors. This lush rainforest habitat includes nearly 3,000 mammals, birds and reptiles, offering visitors a chance to see giraffes, giant crocodiles, zebras, white rhinos, giant tortoises, cheetahs and lions at close quarters. The Zoo brings out the adventurous explorer in everyone, with its Great Rift Valley Park, showcasing the savannahs of Africa, and the Australian Outback Park, kangaroos. All these attractions make for incredible learning experiences and unforgettable holidays.
Tourists with interests in mystery and history can head to the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands for the ‘Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb’ exhibition, which opens on April 27, 2013. The exhibition comprises mummies and artefacts from the world-famous Egyptian collection of the British Museum, with the star attraction being the mummy of Nesperennub, a temple priest who lived 3,000 years ago.
Another major attraction for visitors to Singapore this year is the 20th Anniversary of the Great Singapore Sale. Singapore will host eight weeks of fabulous shopping with great deals on fashion, watches, jewellery, electronics, toys and more from May 31 to July 28, 2013.
Mohamed Hafez Marican, Singapore Tourism Board Area Director for the Middle East and Africa, says Singapore is a treasure trove of experiences for tourists from the Middle East. “World-class hotels provide luxurious and comfortable accommodation, while the variety of fine dining experiences is almost beyond description. And, over and above special events, we offer numerous activities and destinations that keep visitors returning again and again.”
Middle East tourists, beginning to plan their summer holidays, can opt for Singapore with all its entertaining and enchanting experiences, located in a safe, luxury environment, designed to cater to every tourist, young and old.