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Singapore Visitor Arrivals in September 2009

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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 September 2008.

In September 2009, Indonesia (183,000), Australia (73,000), Malaysia (68,000), P.R. China (60,000) and India (57,000) were Singapores 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 this year.

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.

See also: Singapore Visitor Arrivals for September 2008 and Singapore Visitor Arrivals for August 2009.

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