04 Feb '11, 2pm

River Hongbao attracts 250,000 visitors so far

River Hongbao attracts 250,000 visitors so far

SINGAPORE : This year's River Hongbao celebrations attracted about a quarter of a million visitors in the first three days since it opened. Organisers said that despite the wet weather, the crowds have been streaming in. The event, held in conjunction with the Lunar New Year, features an array of activities including performances and exhibitions. Attending the celebrations on Friday night was Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong who also toured the River Hongbao exhibit. The festivities will go on till February 13. Meanwhile, stallholders have also benefited from the crowds. They said that even though sales were initially down by up to 30 per cent due to the wet weather, things are starting to pick up. Those MediaCorp spoke with said they are hopeful to rake in profits if the weather continues to hold up. Hot items being snapped up by visitors include souvenirs and foodstuff.

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