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Rush of developments helps Singapore reap awards | 20 October 2014

Singapore has been named the number one country to visit for business or pleasure next year, thanks to a rush of new developments.

Global travel company Lonely Planet picked the country in its latest guidebook Best in Travel 2015, reports straitstimes.com. Singapore was praised for its focus on new infrastructure, which helped raise it to the top spot.

“Since sealing its independence in 1965, Singapore has been on a roll. And while its grand heritage buildings, chaotic hawker centres, luxurious green spaces and glitzy shopping malls have been luring travellers for decades, a slew of new developments has elevated the ‘Singapore experience’ to a whole new level,” notes huffingtonpost.com.

New hotels and the Marina Bay development were named as some of the contributing factors, along with the opening of the National Art Gallery and Singapore Sports Hub as brand new attractions for 2015.

Sold in more than 100 countries, Best in Travel 2015 is the Lonely Planet’s 10th collection of the top destinations, experiences and travel trends. This is the first time that Singapore has made it in to any of the lists and it coincides with the country’s Golden Jubilee next year.

Singapore beat Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua and Ireland to number one, while Washington DC in the USA was named the top city to visit.

According to channelnewsasia.com the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) expects visitor arrivals to be at least 16.3 million this year with tourist spending to be about S$23 billion.

STB assistant chief executive Lynette Pang hailed 2015 as the ‘year of arts and sports’ for the country with a focus on Singapore’s authenticity.

She says: “We are humbled by this tremendous result, and honoured by the recognition of Singapore’s efforts not just in tourism, but also in heritage conservation, greenery, dining, arts and many other areas.”

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