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Boost for Singapore in world tourism rankings

Singapore was one of a number of countries to see a year-on-year improvement in its ranking in the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2009.

The country was rated first in Asia and tenth overall in this year’s study, which uses various business and regulatory factors to measure the growth potential in tourism industries around the world.

Europe dominated the top of the list, with Switzerland, Austria and Germany reportedly offering the most attractive environments for development in the sector.

Singapore, along with France, Canada and Sweden, was one of four nations in the top ten to improve on its 2008 ranking this year.

John Gregory Conceicao, the Singapore Tourism Board’s director of strategic planning, said: "We are pleased to have improved our ranking in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009 to be among the top ten countries globally and the only Asian country in the top ten out of 133 countries.

"This is an indication of Singapore’s strengths in its tourism management and infrastructure. It will in turn strengthen our efforts to ride out the current downturn and position ourselves for future growth."

Singapore tours could become an increasingly appealing option for travellers over the coming years as new attractions such as the River Safari wildlife and activity park are opened.

Singapore – Enjoy the wonderful shops or explore Singapore’s colonial history, whatever you do end the day with a Singapore sling at Raffles.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19072789-ADNFCR

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