Visitors to Singapore hit record in July

SINGAPORE, Aug. 30 Kyodo

Singapore had a record high number of visitors in July, with 706,318 people flocking to the city state, the Singapore Tourism Board said Wednesday.

It said in a statement that visitor arrivals last month grew 12.2% over the same month last year, led by arrivals from Africa, which grew 13.9%, the Americas, which rose 13.5%, and Asia, up 12.9%.

The second highest number of visitors in a single month — 692,050 — was recorded in July 1997 and the third highest was in August 1995.

In particular, Singapore enjoyed a bumper crop of tourists from Asian countries.

Visitors from South Korea were up 51%, Indonesia 18.4%, India 17.3%, Japan 13.8% and China 11.6%.

Arrivals from Indonesia rose to 128,103, posting strong growth due to the extension of school holidays into the first two weeks of July, the board said.

Visitors from Japan rose to 84,633, ”supported by improving consumer sentiment,” the board said.

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