Latest data revealed that Singapore’s hotel occupancy rates have climbed to their highest in over a decade as travelers and businesses turn to Singapore amid Hong Kong protests.
Data released on Monday by Singapore’s tourism board showed average occupancy rates in the city-state’s hotels hit 93.8% in July, the highest in records going back to 2005, and up from 92.5% a year ago.
If 30% to 50% of travelers from key markets such as China, the UK and US now divert their trips to other Asian cities, “there could be 5%-8% boost to monthly tourist arrivals,” according to DBS Bank Ltd analyst Derek Tan.
“Singapore may benefit twice as much from the Hong Kong fallout as both these destinations share similar traits, i.e. offering tourists a wide variety of entertainment, food and culture,” he added.
Singapore hotels with MICE facilities also revealed that they have received inquiries from companies looking to move events out of Hong Kong amid the unrest.
The unabating protests over the past 13 weeks have hurt Hong Kong’s tourism sector, with visitor arrivals falling by 12% over June and July to about 5.2 million, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
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