Good reviews for first Christmas light-up festival at Singapore River
- POSTED: 25 Dec 2013 20:06
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The inaugural Christmas light-up festival along the Singapore River has drawn good reviews from tourists, as the tourism industry continues to reinvent itself to pull larger crowds.
SINGAPORE: The inaugural Christmas light-up festival along the Singapore River has drawn good reviews from tourists, as the tourism industry continues to reinvent itself to pull larger crowds.
The year-end period has always been the peak period for tourists. In the last two years, tourist traffic during December has been 10 per cent higher than average.
And although tourists usually flock to Orchard Road to see the Christmas lights, the Singapore River is a new contender this year.
About S$600,000 was spent to light up Robertson Quay, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay on November 15, in a six-week long festival which also includes Christmas market stalls and performances.
In the first week of the light-up, more than 30,000 people had already visited the place, and about a quarter of the tourists Channel NewsAsia spoke to said they will visit again.
One tourist from France said: “Singapore has done an amazing job, really. It's quite impressive. It really brings a lot of joy to the city."
Another tourist from Australia said: “On the river here, (it is) just absolutely gorgeous. We're going to jump on a boat and have a look at them from the river."