SINGAPORE (Dec 20): Good news for Singapore’s tourism sector — visitor numbers rose in 2019. According to statistics released by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Oct 30, there were 9.3 million visitors in the first half of the year. This represented a 1.3% increase in international visitor arrivals, compared with the first half of 2018.

Visitors spent $13.1 billion in 1H2019, 3% less than the previous year. This was led by a 13% drop in spending on accommodation, followed by a 5% fall in F&B spending and a 2% contraction in spending on sightseeing, entertainment and gaming.

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