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August visitor arrivals pick up, but floodgates still shut

Any year-end staycation boost for battered sector expected to be mild as well

Despite a big improvement in visitor arrivals in August, there is little reason to cheer given that the levels are still far below normal times, said Maybank Kim Eng economist Lee Ju Ye.


RECENT border control easing had a muted impact on visitor arrivals, going by the latest monthly figures from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

That is as analysts expect any year-end staycation boost for the beleaguered hotel sector to be mild too.


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