Scene city | Singapore Tourism Board gives an update

AT A CASUAL meeting with dinner at Seda Hotel’s Misto, invited media guests had a casual, fun and enlightening exchange of stories with Singapore Tourism Board – Philippines Area Director Lael Loh and her team on March 14, 2018.

DAVAO media and bloggers join the Singapore Tourism Board team for dinner at Seda’s Misto

DAVAO media and bloggers join the Singapore Tourism Board team for dinner at Seda’s Misto

Lael shared with us the latest makeover of Singapore’s tourism slogan, “Passion Made Possible”, which they also use to attract business investors and business travelers.

After their previous, highly successful campaigns (Surprisingly, Uniquely and Your Singapore), this seems to be a first for the Lion City to drop the word “Singapore” in their slogan.

MARINA Bay Sands skyline

MARINA Bay Sands skyline

We also shared with Lael Loh and the team based in Manila, our funny and exciting experiences on our trips to Singapore, riding a zip line in Sentosa Park, the Pandas from China, the Singapore Flyer, our scary ride on The Luge, Flower Dome, Sky Garden and food trips.

THE MERLION, Singapore’s legendary icon, and national symbol

THE MERLION, Singapore’s legendary icon, and national symbol

We learned that Singapore has reached a big milestone with over 700,000 tourist arrivals from Philippines.

For many Filipinos, Singapore has become a favorite get-away destination. With the Lion City just a skip and a hop away, Pinoys are very eager to enjoy its world-class attractions, delicious cuisine, colorful cultural enclaves and vibrant shopping destinations.

SINGAPORE'S skyline

SINGAPORE’S skyline

An annual tourism performance review conducted by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) showed a record of over 736,000 visitor arrivals from the Philippines in 2017, which marked a 6% increase from the previous year.

Aside from reaching a big milestone with its Philippine market, Singapore attained record highs in overall tourism receipts and visitor arrivals on its second consecutive year.

LAEL Loh is interviewed by Maya Padillo of Mindanao Daily Mirror

LAEL Loh is interviewed by Maya Padillo of Mindanao Daily Mirror

The increase in visitor arrivals was credited to 13 of Singapore’s top 15 markets, with China, India, Vietnam, Philippines, US, UK and Germany hitting record numbers.

For 2018, STB expects tourism performance to continue to improve.

MARILYN Roque in an earlier trip to Singapore

MARILYN Roque in an earlier trip to Singapore

STB is optimistic about the tourism prospects for the year ahead with the global economy improving and Asia-Pacific tourism bound to expand. (Photo credits: Ian Garcia)

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