Wuhan virus: Impact on economy

It's quieter than usual at Singapore tourist spots

Business in places like Chinatown down by up to half with lower footfall

Orchard Road was visibly quieter yesterday, as some appeared to shy away from crowded areas, while those out and about said they enjoyed the relief from weekend crowds. ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ
Orchard Road was visibly quieter yesterday, as some appeared to shy away from crowded areas, while those out and about said they enjoyed the relief from weekend crowds. ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ

Visitors to popular tourist haunts like Orchard Road, Chinatown, Marina Bay Sands and Sentosa would have noticed quieter-than-usual crowds over the weekend.

Shops in these areas told The Straits Times that business has dropped by up to half over the last week as Singapore's largest source of tourists - and top spenders - has begun to thin out.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2020, with the headline 'It's quieter than usual at S'pore tourist spots'. Subscribe