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News: Singapore Tourism hits new heights for second year in succession

Tourism receipts and visitor arrival figures have reached record highs for the second time in two years in Singapore. Tourism receipts rose by 3.9 per cent to S$ 26.8 billion, due primarily to growth in visitor arrivals across all top ten markets and higher visitor arrivals from high-spending markets such as China, South Korea, United States and United Kingdom. Visitor arrivals increased by 6.2 per cent to 17.4 million, with 13 of the top 15 markets showing growth. Chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board, Lionel Yeo, said: “STB is pleased…

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Commonwealth makes secret succession plans

The Commonwealth has secretly begun considering who might succeed the Queen as its head, the BBC has learned. The issue is hugely sensitive because the role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death. The Commonwealth has set up a “high level group” to look at the way the international organisation is governed. This group is meeting later, officially to review how the Commonwealth is run by its secretariat and governors. However, senior sources added that the gathering in London would…

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