Chinese tourist arrivals in Singapore hit record high for 2nd straight year
SINGAPORE - Singapore hit a record high in tourist arrivals and spending for the second year in a row last year, with China overtaking Indonesia as the top source of visitors for the first time.
The overall number of arrivals increased year on year by 6.2 per cent to 17.4 million, while tourism receipts rose by 3.9 per cent to $26.8 billion, according to preliminary estimates released by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Monday (Feb 12).
The jump in spending was driven by the growth in arrivals across all 10 of Singapore’s top markets, including high-spending ones such as China, South Korea and the United States.
Chinese tourists were the biggest spenders for the third year in a row, spending $3.08 billion, while tourists from Indonesia spent $1.98 billion, based on estimates for January to September 2017.
Visitors from Britain and the US meanwhile posted the highest growth in spending.
Visitors to the Republic spent 9 per cent more on shopping between January and September 2017, compared with the same period in 2016, thanks to higher spending on confectionery, fashion accessories and health and wellness products.
Sightseeing, entertainment and gaming enjoyed a 6 per cent boost, while the food and beverage sector saw a 5 per cent dip as tourists chose to forgo fine dining for casual eating and hawker fare.
The top three largest markets for visitor arrivals were China, Indonesia, and India, where the STB has been courting tourists from Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities.
Source : Straits Times, 12 Feb 2019