10 Feb '11, 10pm

Tourism boom: Singapore sees 11.6 million visitors & surpassed tourism receipts forecast with $18.8 billion

While the integrated resorts helped propel Singapore tourism to new heights last year, they spelled doom for two gaming ships, the Asian Star and Royale Star. The former's last call at the Singapore Cruise Centre was on Feb 4 last year, while the latter's was on May 31. News reports last year told of gaming ships struggling in the face of competition from the glitzy new IRs, with junket operators' takings plunging 70 per cent. Posts on online forums also pointed to the downturn in gaming ships' business. Gaming ships Long Jie and Leisure World - run by Asian Cruise International and New Century Tours Corporation, respectively - still call at the Singapore Cruise Centre. An industry player who requested anonymity told MediaCorp that takings picked up for those ships still in the business after the exit of Royale Star and Asian Star. Their exit caused a decline in cruise pas...

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