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YOGs Boost S'pore Tourism?

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Interesting announcement from Tourism Singapore. If true, and it really was a YOG-fed boost, it actually tends away from the experience of most recent Olympic hosts, with the expected Games' tourism tourism boom either being disappointing or even a deflation.

Still, I suppose this is Singkers - people usually only go for business rather than hols.

YOG boosts tourism

By Jessica Lim

THE number of tourists to Singapore last month shot up 18 per cent compared to August last year, due in part to the Youth Olympic Games.

The 996,000 arrivals set a record high for August, the ninth straight month of record monthly visitor arrivals.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB), in releasing its monthly figures, also attributed the growth to the pull of the two integrated resorts (IRs) and the continuing strength of the Asian economy.

However, the arrival numbers fall shy of the more than one million visitors logged for July - the first and only time the one-million barrier was busted since 1967, when the authorities started keeping monthly arrival records.

Industry players are expecting the trend of monthly record highs to continue, but say the STB's targets - to entice 11.5 million to 12.5 million visitors into spending between $17.5 billion and $18.5 billion here this year - will be tough to meet.

Predictions had been that the target would be met or even exceeded, but now the tourism sector is heading into the relatively quieter months of October and November and no major events are on the calendar, noted National Association of Travel Agents Singapore chief executive Robert Khoo.

Straits Times

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