Singapore Tourism Board sees more PH visitors

TOURISM officials in Singapore expressed confidence that the Philippines will continue to be one of their top markets this year.

"Our hope for the Philippines is that we continually see a growth," said Sherina Chan, area director for the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Chan noted an increasing number of Filipinos who visited the Lion City for the past years, and said 2013 will not be any different.

In fact, Chan is expecting more Filipinos to visit their place this year with all the tourist attractions that were put in place.

The latest tourist facility in Singapore which is due for opening is the River Safari. The Marine Life Park opened in December while the world-class Gardens by the Bay opened to the public in October.

Also one of the Southeast Asian country's top attractions is the Singapore Flyer, a must-see and compelling visitor destination in Asia that showcases the mesmerizing cosmopolitan cityscape of the tropical Lion City.

Chan said what's impressive about Singapore is that it is continually changing, erecting new facilities for its millions of visitors every year.

"I'm sure it's going to be a fun-filled summer holiday experiences, whether you're travelling with your family, whether you're travelling with your barkadas (friends)," said Chan, who spearheaded a promotional campaign of STB at the Marco Polo Davao Tuesday.

The Philippines ranked sixth in the number of tourists who visited Singapore in 2011 at 678,000, or a jump of 24 percent from the 2010 figures of 544,000.

For the first six months last year, Chand said the number of Filipino arrivals in Singapore reached 350,000.

"We love the fact that Filipinos continually come back to Singapore," Chan said.

There are also 180,000 Filipino workers in Singapore with whom more than 50 percent are professionals, according to Chan.

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