Singapore the 3rd most visited city in the world
Singapore's all so in the list of most visited cities in the world, Singapore is officially the Republic of Singapore is an island nation off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometers (85 miles) north of the equator, in Southeast Asia. It is separated from Malaysia through the Straits of Johor to the north and the Indonesian Riau Islands of the Singapore Strait south. Singapore is the world's fourth largest financial center and a cosmopolitan city, an important role in international trade and finance. The Port of Singapore is one of the five largest ports in the world.
Singapore has a long history of immigration. It has a diverse population of nearly 5 million people, mainly by Asians (especially Chinese, Malays, Indians, Asians of various other departures), and a few Caucasians. 42% of the population in Singapore are foreigners who work and study there. Foreign workers account for 50% of the service sector. A.T. Kearney named Singapore the most globalized countries in the world in 2006 in their globalization index.
The Economist Intelligence Unit in its "Quality of Life Index, Singapore ranked with the best quality of life in Asia and eleventh overall in the world. Singapore has the world's ninth-largest currency reserves. The country also maintains armed forces, technologically advanced and well equipped.
Before independence in 1965, Singapore became a vibrant commercial city with a GDP per capita of $ 511, the third highest in East Asia then. After independence, foreign direct investment and state-run drive for industrialization, according to the plans of former Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Goh Keng Swee and Albert Winsemius created a modern economy. After a contraction of -6.8% in the 4th Quarter of 2009, Singapore claimed the title of the fastest growing economy in the world with a GDP growth of 14.5% for 2010
Singapore is a popular tourist destination, contributing to the importance of the tourism industry. Overall visitor numbers were 10.2 million in 2007. To attract more tourists, the government decided to legalize gambling and can be developed into two casino-resorts (euphemistically called Integrated Resorts) at Marina South and Sentosa in 2005. To compete with regional rivals such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, the government has announced that the city would be implemented by lighting up the civic and commercial buildings in an exciting place. Food has also been promoted as an attraction for tourists, with the Singapore Food Festival held every July to celebrate Singapore's cuisine up. Other annual events in Singapore are the Singapore Sun Festival, the Christmas Light Up, and the Singapore Jewel Festival.
Singapore is promoting itself as a medical tourism hub: about 200,000 foreigners seek medical care in the country each year and Singapore medical services aim to serve one million foreign patients annually by 2012 and $ 3 billion in sales.