Published on : Friday, January 18, 2019
Among all the tourist spots in Singapore, Indian travellers love visiting Chinatown and Little India there. The Komala Vilas Vegetarian Restaurant and Rang Mahal restaurant are also equally popular.
These are some of the aspects that have contributed to the 14 per cent growth in Indian travellers to Singapore. GB Srithar, Regional Director of the South Asia, Middle East and Africa regions in the Singapore Tourism Board said Indians have been holidaying in Singapore in record numbers.
The island nation saw a growth of 16 per cent in inbound tourist count from India. While the numbers for 2018 are yet to come in, between January and November there have been 1.32 million Indians travelling to Singapore which is 14 per cent higher than same period last year.
In 2017, India took the third place in terms of the highest number of tourists. The top five countries in the list of tourists travelling to Singapore are China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Australia. In 2018 too, India has maintained its position.
Also from spending 4.5 days in Singapore, the average Indian traveller now spends six nights in the country.
Product evolution is one factor why Indians have shown interest in Singapore. Millennial travellers find the place a perfect partying and chilling spot. Besides, growth in cruise travel has also helped Singapore grow in terms of receiving more Indian guests. There were 1.27 lakh cruise passengers last year which is a growth of 29 per cent against numbers recorded the previous year.
Increased air connectivity has also been a factor contributing to growing numbers.
Currently, 18 Indian cities are directly connected with Singapore. The latest additions in 2018 were Singapore-Guwahati by Druk Air, and Singapore-Pune by Jet Airways – both daily flights. Singapore is also now connected directly to Vijaywada by IndiGo that flies the route thrice a week.
Indian tourists find Sentosa Island the most attractive in Singapore they spend at least 2-3 nights. Universal Studios is another popular spot. The Maritime Experiential Museum, the night safari, Garden by the Bay and the zoo are some of the most preferred locations for Indian guests.
India, being an important source market for Singapore, will continue maintaining its position as a major source market. Singapore has tied up with a lot of Indian players last year like Ola, Paytm, Wedmegood and others to run promotions and content in this regard.