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 July 07, 2010
Visitors To Singapore Up 20% In April '10

 New tourism developments and infrastructure has generated a tremendous amount of buzz in Singapore, resulting in a growth of 20.4% in April alone, totaling 938,000 visitors from around the world. This is the fifth consecutive month of record visitor arrivals. In fact, Singapore has welcomed more 3.6 million international visitors from January to April of this year, resulting in an overall growth of 19.8% during this period. With such a stellar performance in the first half of 2010, Singapore looks on track to meet its forecast of 11.5 to 12.5 million visitors by year-end.

Visitor arrivals will likely continue to increase with a slew of high-profile events on the horizon including a celebration of culture and heritage through food with the annual Singapore Food Festival from July 16 to 25. Culinary awareness of Singapore's innovative cuisine and acclaim for the country's legendary hawker food is growing in the United States and the Food Festival offers the perfect opportunity to sample authentic fare and meet some of the Lion City's top toques. Throughout the festival, participants can learn more about Singapore's culinary world through food carnivals, tasting sessions, chef demonstrations and interactive cooking workshops.

From August 14 to 26, over 5,000 young athletes from all around the world including a large contingent of the next generation of budding Olympians from the United States will be participating in the world's first-ever Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore. A new international sporting event for young athletes, the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aims to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of "Excellence, Friendship and Respect."

Formula One Singapore Grand Prix is set to again wow the crowd from September 24 to 26, the only night-time street race in Formula One history. This adrenaline-inducing event is held in downtown Singapore and visitors will enjoy the thrills and spills of F1 vehicles racing around this street circuit and exciting city-wide activities.

Hot on the heels of the most recent openings of multi-billion dollar integrated resorts, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa there are many more tourism product offerings in the pipeline, including the International Cruise Terminal (2012); the futuristic and ecological Gardens by the Bay (2011); and, the National Art Gallery, a visual arts institution cementing Singapore as a regional hub for visual arts (2013).

Collectively, these new developments and the exciting calendar of events will enhance Singapore's stature as a vibrant global city with a distinctive lifestyle that draws repeat visitors.