Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced a record 47 per cent year-on-year rise in global tourism receipts for the first nine months of 2010. The results are on the back of higher capita expenditure and include for the first time the contribution of the Integrated Resorts (IRs). Preliminary figures show that tourism receipts reached US$ 10.6 billion (S$13.7 billion) between January and September 2010. Visitor arrival figures for October alone show an increase of 15.8 percent to hit a total of 978,000 visitors during the month - which is the highest number of arrivals ever recorded for the month of October and the eleventh consecutive month of record visitor arrivals. Other main components include; medical tourism which saw a 55 percent growth in receipts, shopping with 30 percent growth, food and beverage with 28 percent growth and accommodation with 24 percent growth. “The record tourism revenue in the first nine months of 2010 is a strong indication of the robust recovery of Singapore’s tourism industry which has been achieved on the back of the resurgence of the Asian economies together with the top-class tourism products and events we have launched,” added Jason Ong, area director, Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board.