February 12, 2018 / 3:37 AM / in 4 months

Singapore hosts 6.2 percent more visitors in 2017 on rise in Chinese tourists

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s visitor arrivals rose 6.2 percent to a record 17.4 million last year as the city-state welcomed more travelers from countries such as China, its top market, and India. 

Tourists pose for photos with a rickshaw at Chinatown in Singapore July 31, 2017. Picture taken July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    Tourism receipts rose 3.9 percent to S$26.8 billion ($20.20 billion) in 2017, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Monday, based on preliminary estimates. Both tourism receipts and visitor arrivals touched record highs for the second time in two years.

The board expects visitor arrivals in the range of 17.6 million to 18.1 million for 2018. It also forecast tourism receipts between S$27.1 billion and S$27.6 billion for this year.

Tourists are seen in Boat Quay, near the Central Business District, in Singapore August 2, 2017. Picture taken August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

    Singapore, which relies on tourism for about 4 percent of its economic output, has built a reputation for glitzy shopping malls, street food, casinos and the Formula One night race.

($1 = 1.3266 Singapore dollars)

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri

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