Arrivals hit record high in Singapore


A bumboat passes tourists at the Merlion Park in Singapore. (Reuters photo)

SINGAPORE - Singapore's international visitor arrivals rose 7.7% last year to a record 16.4 million, helped by more travellers from China, India and Indonesia, but the tourism board forecast a slower pace of growth for 2017.

Tourism receipts rose 13.9% to an all-time high of S$24.8 billion, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said, based on preliminary estimates.

Arrivals last year accelerated from an increase of around 1% in 2015.

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