Published on : Monday, February 18, 2019
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is targeting stronger growth among Malaysian travellers this year following a 7% growth in 2018 to 1.25 million, largely contributed by an increase in visitors from East Malaysia (26%).
The tourism arrivals from Peninsular Malaysia saw a 4.3% increase of visitors collectively from Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.Malaysian cruise arrivals, in particular, nearly doubled in 2018, with “Genting Dream” and the “Voyager of Seas” as the two top cruise choices. This was due to the increasing demand of cruise holidays and packages. As part of an ongoing effort to be more relevant to Malaysian visitors, STB recently launched a “Crazy Together” series, featuring a pair of Malaysian dads and their sons on an adventure in Singapore.
According to area director of STB Malaysia and Brunei, Dawn Ng, the series is part of its local efforts to collaborate with Malaysian personalities to showcase more personal and deeper destination stories that are relevant to Malaysian audience. Ng added that the board is “very encouraged” by the growth that it has seen in 2018, despite the multiple macro and micro-economic factors that the Malaysia market is facing.
The tourism sector in Singapore has experienced a strong year in 2018, with a 1.0% growth in tourism receipts to SG$27.1 billion and a 6.2% increase in visitor arrivals to 18.5 million.
The top three markets for visitor arrivals to Singapore are China (6%), Indonesia (2%) and India (13%). Singapore’s tourism sector also saw “significant growth” in tourists from Germany, the Philippines, UK, US and Vietnam.
While tourist spending grew, it was slowed by declines in shopping (14%), accommodation (5%) and food & neverage (4%). According to STB, these were partially offset by growths in sightseeing, entertainment & gaming (6%) and other TR components5 (21%). For other TR Components, airfare revenue rose on the back of more visitor arrivals via local-based carriers. BTMICE-related spending also increased.
Keith Tan, STB’s chief executive, said that they were fortunate to have benefited from a confluence of positive factors such as strong Asia-Pacific travel demand, increased flight connectivity to Singapore, and various high-profile events. It is also heartening to see our marketing efforts and collaborations with industry partners bearing fruit.