Singapore’s beauty salons are selling their furniture online, as the city gears up for a global holiday shopping frenzy.
The city is also preparing for a surge in foot traffic as the country prepares to celebrate its annual Lunar New Year on Saturday, which has been dubbed the Chinese New Year of Happiness.
Singaporean beauty salon owner Kuan Li says she is expecting a lot of traffic for her salon after her store opened last year, which saw her sell over 100,000 square feet of furniture.
In an interview with The Next Blog, Li says her business is on the upswing.
“We have already sold 100,00 square feet this year,” she said.
The salon has already been working with Singapore Tourism Authority to expand the space and open a second location in Singapore’s main shopping mall, which is now also the first venue for Chinese visitors.
Li said she is optimistic about the growth of her business.
There are some changes to the market that we will be able to see over the coming year, she said, noting that she hopes the demand for Chinese products and services will increase even more as the Lunar New Years holiday season begins.
She said the business has been expanding at a steady rate and she is also seeing more Chinese tourists coming to the island.
As the Chinese Lunar New years holiday kicks off in just over a week, Singapore’s tourism agency is hoping to increase foot traffic to the country.
With the Lunar new years holidays in the Philippines and Singapore both set to be observed in 2018, the city will be in a festive mood.
Chinese tourists are currently spending $6 billion dollars on Singapore, which includes more than $1 billion dollars for Chinese tourism.
According to data from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Chinese tourists spend $6.1 billion on the island each year, while the number of Chinese visitors has grown by 30% to 1.3 million people in the past decade.
Chinese tourists from other countries are also visiting Singapore in droves.
More than 2.7 million Chinese tourists visited Singapore in 2015, up 23% from 2014.
On the other hand, the number from other Asian countries dropped from 4.4 million in 2015 to 1,000 last year.