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New ideas needed to attract tourists to Singapore, say experts

Many historical sites lost, so S'pore has to keep innovating, say experts

Published on May 6, 2014 8:25 AM

Singapore has to keep reinventing itself to keep pulling in repeat visitors.

But old can be tourism gold too, and keeping a fine balance between the two will be this country's challenge as it tackles slowing growth in tourist numbers - according to the chief of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

"You have to keep investing and innovating to make sure people don't come just once," said Mr David Scowsill, president and chief executive of the London-based council.

He pointed to the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, which made its debut in 2008, and the two integrated resorts, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, which opened in 2010, as examples of newer attractions.

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