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Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017
Over 1.1 million tourists from India visited Singapore in 2016. The Tourism Board authorities have planned a string of new projects and promotions for attracting more tourists from tier II and II cities along with millennials.
GB Srithar, Regional Director, South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Singapore Tourism Board, said that Singapore had a growth of over 8 per cent during 2016, and during January-April quarter of 2017. More than 3,50,000 Indian tourists visit Singapore for either business or just for holidays, and the number continues to grow.
Indian travellers constitute the biggest chunk of cruise travellers from Singapore with more than 1,00,000 tourists using the cruise facility from Singapore. Singapore too will launch its own cruise facility later this year. New initiatives like the new Changi Airport addition of Jewel Changi, Rain Forest and other theme parks, including AJ Hackett bungee jumping are expected to draw in more visitors.
“While four metros account for about 60 per cent of the tourist flow, our focus is now on attracting people from other locations. Already some 230 flights connect Singapore across 15 destinations, providing quick and convenient access to visitors,” Srithar explained.
Adrian Kong, Area Director, India, said, “Singapore Grand Prix, the only night race, BNP Paribas Women Tennis Tourney and Ethnic touch festivals and Shopping are major attractions apart from enjoyable leisure stay.” He said that Jewel Changi airport project spread over 14,000 sq.mt will be ready by early 2019 and serve as a major attraction apart from the leisure and eco theme park in Mandari.