Prince William, Kate's Singapore visit to boost tourism 0
Britain's Prince William (R) and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stand near the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana orchids as they tour the National Orchid Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen Morrison/Pool
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited Singapore as part of their nine-day tour in Asia and pictures taken of the couple visiting some of the city-state's main tourist spots and published around the world are expected to boost tourism.
Long seen as a stopover to other destinations such as Australia or New Zealand, the visit of the young royals to Singapore is expected to help attract tourists to the tiny Asian locale.
Research by travel search site Skyscanner shows that the Will and Kate's visit to Singapore has boosted interest in the area with searches for flights to Singapore up more than 15% this week, compared to last week.
During their stay in Singapore, the couple visited the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, one of Singapore's main tourist attractions.
Designed by two British firms -- Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter -- after winning an international competition, the gardens include "Supertrees" with heights that range between 25 meters and 50 meters. The giant trees are home to ferns, vines, orchids, among others.
Other spots in the city visited by the couple included the Rolls Royce plant and the residential district of Queenstown.
The couple is traveling in the Asia-Pacific as part of a royal tour to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The journey also includes Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital and the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in the Pacific.
Last month Prince Harry's visit to Las Vegas brought attention to Sin City and allegedly a boost in the city's tourism. Hotels.com reported a 123% increase in the number of searches for Las Vegas in the 24 hours that followed the publication of Harry's naked pictures in August, compared to the equivalent day in 2011.
Singapore has received a total of 5,924,379 tourists between January and May 2012 according to the country's tourism board, with most of them coming from Malaysia (1,112,527), India (384,805), Australia (384,341) and the U.K. (204,589).