Latest figures show that gambling has proved to be a winning bet for the Singapore Government with record tourism figures for the island state ever since its two “integrated resorts” were completed. And that really annoys Australia’s richest man and biggest casino owner, James Packer, who is losing customers to Singapore.”They are a country that used to get the same number of tourists as Australia. They are now at 11m tourists. We are at 5m. And they have stated publicly that they (want) 17m tourists in 2015.”
The Australian article states that Singapore has experienced 13 consecutive months of record visitor arrivals, achieving its highest ever monthly total in December with 1.1m visitors, 16% more than the previous year, thanks to the new $4.4bn Resorts World Sentosa casino and the $5.94bn Marina Bay Sands.