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Singapore's visitor arrivals to fall 25%-30% due to coronavirus

Impact on economy this year likely 'worse' than SARS, tourism agency chief says

Tourists at Merlion Park in Singapore in late January. Singapore last year had a record high 19.1 million visitor arrivals, with China accounting for 19%, followed by Indonesia at 16% and India at 7%.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore said on Tuesday that international visitors to the city-state could fall 25% to 30% this year from 2019, after the government's move to place restrictions on entry for Chinese passport holders in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Singapore is one of the most popular foreign destinations for Chinese travelers, along with countries like Japan and Thailand, whose tourism industries have also seen a significant impact from fewer tourists since the outbreak.

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