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Chinese tourists are top spenders in Singapore

1.24 million arrivals in first half of 2013; they overtake Indonesians by splurging $1.52b

Published on Feb 9, 2014 7:36 AM
 
Tourists from China at the Merlion, Feb 5, 2014. Travellers from China are swarming the world and Singapore is seeing them in record numbers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Travellers from China are swarming the world and Singapore is seeing them in record numbers.

Singapore welcomed 1.24 million Chinese visitors for the first half of last year, a hefty 27 per cent rise from the same period the previous year.

And for the first time, the Chinese emerged the biggest spenders, overtaking Indonesian visitors.

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) figures show that Chinese visitors spent almost $1.52 billion in the first half of last year, 3 per cent more than Indonesians. This excludes what they spent on sightseeing and entertainment.

 
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