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HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Singapore
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Singapore tourist arrivals could grow 2-3% next year

It could only hit 16.5m-16.9m on lack of major events.

Tourist arrival into Singapore had a good run of 11% yoy growth up to Aug 16, and likely to hit16.2m-16.5m tourists, said CIMB.

Going into 2017, the research house expects a moderate growth of 2-3% or 16.5m-16.9m tourists on a high base and fewer major events such as the Singapore Airshow.

Here's more from CIMB:

The mom tourist arrival growth rate has started to taper from an average of 13% in 1H16 to the single digits of c. 5% in Jul-Aug 16.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting Singapore is still growing at a healthy double-digit pace (18% yoy in Aug 16) to reach a record c.315,500 in Aug 16.

Efforts by the Singapore Tourism Board to woo first-time visitors from second and third-tier cities in China will continue to yield harvest, in our view.

Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 is scheduled to be up and running by 2H17, adding another 16m passengers’ capacity or a 24% increase from the existing 66m. 

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