Bintan Resorts announced today that it saw a significant increase in visitor arrivals for the year ending 31st December 2008. The destination saw a total of 397,833 visitor arrivals in 2008, representing a 19.2% increase from the 333,771 visitors in 2007. This significantly higher than expected result is an encouraging sign in the midst of the current economic downturn.
From January to December 2008, 111,985 visitors from Singapore made up nearly a third of all arrivals, a growth of 5.4% over the previous year. Travellers from the rest of Asia accounted for 52.0%. Japan and Korea remained the largest markets after Singapore and Indonesia, jointly contributing 14.4% of all arrivals.
Other major markets include Germany, Australia and the UK, with increases of 21.4%, 11.1% and 7.6% visitors respectively. Emerging markets that showed significant increases over 2007 were China, Russia and India, which saw growths of 49.6%, 24.3% and 19.0% respectively.
The strong performance during the first half of 2008 more than made up for the weaker second half. While the year ahead is expected to be a challenging one, Bintan Resorts is continuing its efforts in product renewal so as to emerge stronger when good times return. These improvements include upgrading of facilities at existing resorts, revamping existing tour programmes, enhancing connectivity via sea and air routes, new resort development, and the establishment of a new "Village Centre" at Lagoi Bay.
Said Mr Asad Shiraz, Director Marketing, Bintan Resorts International: "In the current economic situation, many people will be cutting back on leisure travel, but they may be unwilling to completely give it up. Because of its proximity to Singapore, Bintan Resorts offers an excellent and affordable beach holiday, as well as an alternative corporate getaway during these more cost-sensitive and trying economic times. We will therefore shift our marketing focus to Singapore, Indonesia and other nearby markets."
Located just 55 minutes via a comfortable catamaran ride from Singapore, Bintan Resorts offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with its miles of sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Attractions and activities found at Bintan Resorts include a myriad of land and sea sports, cultural and nature tours, including the award-winning Mangrove Discovery Tour. The destination can also be reached via daily direct flights from Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia.
About Bintan Resorts
Bintan Resorts is a multi-award winning, integrated tropical beach resort destination with world-class facilities featuring:
Extensive land-bank of prime tropical resort real estate within close proximity to Singapore
Indonesian beach resort offering international standards of products and services such as golf, spa, water sports, nature/culture tours and a wide range of accommodation
Easy accessibility via fast and comfortable ferries (55 minutes away from Singapore and 35 minutes away from Batam, Indonesia)
Ideal getaway for active individuals and couples, families, golfers, corporate and incentive groups, spa lovers and honeymooners
Superb twin destination with Singapore (city & beach resort appeal), providing tourists with ‘two destinations in one holiday!'