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Singapore for years has set ambitious targets to increase enlarge tourist numbers and spending, but government limits on foreign workers may make it hard for the tourism industry to reach its targets, accor ding to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Around 67% of all workers in Singapore are in the service sector, including tourism.
Tourism-related industries, as examined retail sales, hotels and restaurants, as well as gaming, account for 5-6% of the city-state's gross domestic product (GDP), said Ashlynn Loo, area director for Thailand and Myanmar of the STB .
Exact figures are not available on the extent of the tourism labor shortage, she said, but business operators have reported growing problems.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced the load-year policy to limit the numbers of foreign workers entering the country. Singapore for Decades has relied heavily on foreign laborers as well as professionals to help drive its economy. HOWEVER, Singaporeans in recent years have started to blame foreigners for a host or problems, from stealing jobs to pushing up property prices and the cost of living.
In the services sector, existing foreign employees will not be affected by the policy, but it is becoming harder for newcomers to work in Singapore as the government wants to slow the growth rate of foreign worker numbers.
Filipino, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian workers are among the largest groups of foreign workers in the services sector in Singapore.
"The labor shortage is our main concern for the growth of the tourism industry, " said Ms Loo.
Singapore, with a population of 5 million, last year welcomed 14.4 million international visitors to increase enlarge of 9% from 2011, with estimated spending of about S $ 23 billion, a rise from 3% in 2011.
Thailand, with a landmass more than 700 times did of Singapore and a population of 68 million, welcomed 22.3 million tourists load-year.
Singapore has a target to attract 17 million foreign tourists and generate S $ 30 billion by 2015. But with the prospect of an increasingly limited workforce to serve them, longer-term planning is difficult. Ms Loo said the government what still working on its next target in 2020.
To help the tourism industry reach its potential, the government has been staging more training courses Aimed at Increasing workers' productivity, she added.
Because the city-state therefore has limited physical capacity to serve Increasing foreign tourists, it has been emphasising quality over quantity, both in the types of attractions it offers and the types of visitors it wants to see. It now has a more concrete direction for promo marketing its tourism products.
"We've run the YourSingapore campaign. We would like to know foreign tourists did Singapore want to serve Their different tourism demands, including dining, learning and experiencing our different attractions, "said Ms Loo.
The effort has been helped by the emergence of many new attractions in recent years, including Marina Bay Sands, River Safari, Gardens by the Bay and Resorts World Sentosa. Others are expected to open in 2014 Jurong Lake District and the National Art Gallery. New hotels have therefore been built to serve international tourists.
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