SINGAPORE’s Sentosa Island welcomed 19 million guests in 2011, a 7.3-per cent increase over the year before.
Outside of the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) integrated resort, locals made up 50 per cent of arrivals to the island. Visitor numbers from the top three international source markets India, Malaysia and Australia jumped by 20 per cent, 28 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.
Sentosa Leisure Group attributed the growth in arrivals to the opening of new and refurbished hotels and attractions, as well as strong attendance at various events throughout the year.
RWS opened two new luxury properties last month—the 172-key Equarius Hotel and 22 exclusive Beach Villas.
In the second half of the year, the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa is scheduled to launch its refurbished heritage wing, while W Hotel at Sentosa Cove is expected to open, bringing the number of keys across the island to more than 3,100 by end-2012.