Chinese big spenders in Singapore

Tourists from China have outspent Indonesians in Singapore for the first time.

About 1.24 million visitors from China travelled to the city state in the first half of 2013, splashing out $1.52 billion (39 billion baht) in total, the Straits Times reported on Monday.

The spending, which excluded sigthseeing and entertainment, was 3% more than what Indonesian tourists spent in Singapore, although more Indonesians visited the country, the newspaper quoted figures of the Singapore Tourism Board.

Singapore is one of the most popular destinations for neighbouring Indonesia, with about 1.4 million Indonesians visiting the country from January to June 2013, an 8% rise from 2012. But the number of tourists from China is sharply increasing, with a remarkable 27% jump year-on-year, it added.

About 246,000 tourists from Thailand visited Singapore during the period, a modest 3.3% increase from a year ago.

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