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Tourism receipts up in 17Q1, gaming held flat

Tourism spend in Singapore rose 15 percent year-on-year to S$6.4 billion (US$4.7 billion), while visitor arrivals grew 4 percent to 4.3 million in 17Q1, according to data released by the Singapore Tourism Board on Monday.

Shopping saw the greatest growth in expenditure, rising 38 percent year-on-year in the quarter to S$1.6 billion. Accommodation and food and beverage expenditure also increased in the quarter, up by 18 percent and 14 percent year-on-year respectively.

Sightseeing, entertainment and gaming however held steady in the quarter, remaining at S$1 billion.

The STB said that arrivals of tourists from China rose 14 percent in the quarter, while Indonesia and Malaysia tourist arrival rose 2 percent and 1 percent respectively.

Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korean arrivals however posted year-on-year declines.

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