Visitor arrivals to Singapore registered its first growth (+7.1%)
this year to reach 799,000 in September 2009. Visitor days
were estimated at 3.2 million days, a year-on-year decline of 1%
when compared with
2009, Indonesia (183,000), Australia (73,000), Malaysia (68,000),
P.R. China (60,000) and India (57,000) were Singapore’s top five
visitor-generating markets. These markets accounted for 55.2%
of total visitor arrivals for the month.
Among the top 15
markets, Malaysia (+51.2%) and Indonesia (+26.8%) registered
double-digit growth compared to the same period in 2008 as a
result of the Hari Raya holidays2 taking place in September
Japan posted its first growth (+7.7%) this year due
to Silver Week holidays. Visitor arrivals from Vietnam
(+9.0%), India (+6.7%), Germany (+5.0%), the United Kingdom
(+1.4%) and Australia (+0.8%) also saw growth compared to
September 2008. Visitor arrivals from Hong Kong (+3.5%) and the
Philippines (+2.8%) improved for the month, which can be partly
attributed to attractive travel packages and aggressive
marketing for the Singapore GP Season.
Gazetted hotel room revenue was
estimated at Sin$140 million, representing a decrease of 28%
compared to a year ago. The Average Occupancy Rate was
78.2% for September 2009, a 4.1 percentage point
increase over September 2008.
RevPAR decreased by 27.4% to reach Sin$162 in
September 2009 while hotel room revenue was estimated to reach Sin$140 million in
September 2009, a drop of 28% against September 2008.
In September 2009, the AOR of all tiers increased compared to a
year ago, with the Upscale tier reporting the largest growth
at +5.5 percentage points. The Upscale tier also recorded
the smallest decline of 29.5% in ARR and smallest decline (-24.3%) in RevPar in September 2009.
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