03 Aug '15, 4pm

Indonesia-Singapore tourism tie-up may be a boon: Analysts - Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: With Indonesia recently expressing its desire to refresh its tourism sector, Singapore could stand to gain as the two countries explore a potential partnership to boost overall tourism numbers, as expressed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently. Travel agencies in Singapore said they are keen on the initiative, but they added that more infrastructure investment is needed if Indonesia is to open up more destinations. Singapore’s tourism is experiencing a small slump, but it sees more visitor arrivals than Indonesia. An analyst said packaging both destinations could lead to even more arrivals for Singapore through spillover. "It may seem that if we were to work together, Singapore may lose some of these visitors and they go to Indonesia,” said Mr Francis Tan, an economist at UOB. “While in fact research shows that if an ad...

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