Published on : Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Singapore is ahead with seven of the top 15 markets – China, India, Vietnam, Philippines, United States, United Kingdom and Germany – also hitting record visitor arrivals.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said the top three largest markets for visitors to Singapore were China, Indonesia and India.
India saw the highest growth rate, and together with China, contributed to the bulk of the growth in visitor arrivals to the island.
But while the overall visitor arrivals hit a record high, Business Travel and Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions and Exhibitions (BTMICE) arrivals for the first three quarters of 2017 fell 5 per cent to 1.75 million, compared to the same period in 2016.
The growing cruise industry of Singapore also registered a record, with passenger throughput increasing by 17 per cent to 1.38 million. There were also a total of 421 ship calls, a rise of 3 per cent compared to the previous year.
A preliminary estimate for 2017 also revealed that visitors to Singapore were spending more.
The tourism receipts rose by 3.9 per cent to S$26.8 billion. This was mostly due to visitor arrivals across all top 10 markets growing, as well as more arrivals from high-spending markets such as China, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom. China also emerged top in tourism receipts for the third consecutive year.