Singapore reports record 15.5M visitors in 2013

Agence France-Presse

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Tourism revenues also hit a new high of Sg$23.5 billion ($18.7 billion)

RECORD TOURISM NUMBERS. Despite lacking natural tourist draws such as beaches and forests, Singapore records 15.5 million visitors in 2013. File photo by KD Suarez/Rappler

SINGAPORE – Singapore welcomed a record 15.5 million visitors last year, up 7.2% from 2012, tourism authorities said Monday, February 17.

Tourism revenues also hit a new high of Sg$23.5 billion ($18.7 billion), an increase of 1.6% over 2012, the Singapore Tourism Board said, citing preliminary estimates.

Lacking the white-sand beaches and other natural wonders of its bigger neighbors, Singapore offers a wide array of man-made attractions, including two casino resorts and Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park.

It hosts several international conventions and the world’s only Formula One night race.

Visitors are also drawn to Singapore’s shopping centers and local food, in addition to its low crime rate and reputation for cleanliness. –

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