Tourism is one of the major industries in Singapore. The number of tourists who visited Singapore was two times its total population in the year 2011. The Orchard Road district in Singapore which is the hub of multi-storied shopping malls and hotels is considered as the heart of tourism. Two of the well admired tourist destinations are Night Safari and Singapore Zoo which allows the tourists like us to explore the wild life at night without any kind of barriers. The Jurong Bird Park, a zoological garden is another favorite tourist spot where varieties of birds from all over the world have been exposed to the public.
Amongst the islands, the Sentosa island located in the southern part of Singapore which consists of about nearly 30 landmarks witnesses the greatest number of tourists.
Various modes of transport which the tourists can avail to reach Singapore
Singapore being a famous tourist destination due to its exotic natural beauty is admired by most people who are nature lovers. Its serene beaches help us to unwind ourselves from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This particular island is conveniently connected with the rest of the world by the following means of transport;
a) By road –There are a number of air-conditioned buses which can be hired. While travelling by road the motorists have to pay a toll charge. Taxi and car service is also available.
b) By water – Cruising is a very popular mode of travelling opted by most tourists; hence its water route is very much developed. Ferry services link most of the nearby places with Singapore. Singapore also operates as an important base for cruises in South East Asia.
c) By air – The Changi International airport is the main airport in Singapore. There are many airlines which have direct flights to Singapore.
The tourist events held in Singapore
The tourism board organizes a lot of events for tourists throughout the year. Some of the important events are Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Food Festival, Chingay Parade etc. A Formula One Race was organized at Marina Bay in 2008. In 2010 Singapore hosted first Youth Olympic Games which generated a huge number of tourists. Singapore tourism seemed to have benefitted a lot from these major events.
Tourism opportunities in Singapore
Tourism industry is a very large service sector of Singapore and it is growing at a rapid pace since the last seven years. The infrastructure of this industry is strengthening day by day. In the year 2007, this industry had added 3% to the GDP of Singapore. This gives a clear picture of the important role tourism plays in improving the economy of Singapore. This sector is considered as the vital economic pillar. The main aim is to multiply the income from tourism at least by three times. This will also create a lot of job opportunity by 2015.
I was not aware of the varied job opportunity Singapore tourism has in hold for the future. After going through this article I am thinking of pursuing a career in this flourishing industry of tourism.