21 Apr '11, 9pm

Downtown malls vs suburban malls - TODAYonline #sg

The results of a recent survey of tourist destinations released by the Association of Singapore Attractions last week were an eye-opener. In spite of our island city receiving a record 11.6 million visitors last year - due in no small part to the debut of our two integrated resorts - nearly half of the 31 attractions surveyed reported a fall in the number of visitors - by up to 28 per cent in some cases. With the exception of the China market, a closer look at our tourism statistics shows that it was the regional markets - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam - which registered the strongest growth rates. A former student intern from Bandung, Indonesia, told me it was much more convenient for her and her friends to come to Singapore via the budget airlines than for them to go to Jakarta for their entertainment and shopping. The flight time was also sh...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Business/Property/EDC110422-00...

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