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Singapore attracting more Qatari Travellers

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 7 June 2005

Singapore is proving more and more attractive to travellers from Qatar and the trend is going to continue, according to Singapore's tourism officials.

The officials were visiting Qatar as part of a GCC-wide roadshow aimed at forging stronger links with local travel companies as well as providing updates on the latest tourism products in Singapore. The roadshow took the form of a number of seminars across the GCC. 

“People from the Middle East are coming to Singapore for a number of reasons,” said Alan Tan, area director, Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board. “However, the world-class attractions, hotels and unique resorts such as Sentosa Island are only part of the upward trend. Travellers from Qatar are also being attracted by Singapore’s first-rate business infrastructure, shopping opportunities and, significantly, medical facilities.”

Providing unique attractions for leisure as well as business travellers, Singapore also provides valuable opportunities for those in need of specialised medical care. Recent surveys have shown rising numbers of visitors from the Middle East, buoyed by special incentive deals from local travel organizers.

Singapore has been ranked by the World Health Organization as having the best healthcare system in Asia and one of the best in the world. More than 200,000 international patients come to Singapore each year for a whole range of medical care including health screening, eye, heart, and brain surgery as well as cancer treatment. 

Increasing ties between Travel Agents in Qatar and the Singapore Tourism Board are resulting in more dedicated travel packages becoming available to serve the ever-growing Qatar market, including flight, accommodation, visitor attraction promotions and other incentives.

With the eight-week “Great Singapore Sale” running between 27 May and 24 July 2005, as well as the Singapore Food Festival and Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Tourism chiefs and Qatar Travel Agents are preparing themselves for a high-level of bookings over the next few weeks.

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