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Visitor arrivals at record high in Singapore

Visitor arrivals at record high in Singapore

Singapore received a record number of visitors last month but hotel rates were also at fresh highs, the city-state's tourism authorities said yesterday.
The Singapore Tourism Board said 837,000 visitors arrived in November, the largest number ever for that month.
Average room rates for hotels also set a new milestone of 226 Singapore dollars (US$156) a night, the highest ever in any month and up almost 30 percent over last year, the board said.
The city-state's hotels earned record room revenues of 175.4 million Singapore dollars, an increase of almost 24 percent from last year, it said.
Visitor arrivals were 4.6 percent higher than a year earlier, fuelled by strong arrivals from China, India and Australia, the board said.
"In November 2007, Singapore welcomed 837,000 visitors... this sets a new record for the month of November," it said.
Singapore also hosted the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit and its related regional meetings which likely boosted November's figures, as official delegations occupied several city hotels. Singapore has embarked on a major campaign to spruce up its tourist appeal. It has plans for new attractions including two casino resorts, expected to open by 2010, and is trying to become an arts and entertainment center. It is to host its first Formula One Grand Prix next year.