Singapore tourism grows in spite of global recession

Published on : Friday, January 24, 2020

Focusing on activity-based tourism, Singapore has been able to continue growing its tourism industry even at a time when the world has been reeling under economic recession. And Indian tourists contribute hugely to this growth. Now tourism and leisure companies in Singapore are focusing on tier-two cities to further increase the inflow of Indian tourists.


According to Singapore Tourism Board statistics, Singapore has seen double-digit growth regarding Indian tourist arrivals over the last three years. It has been the fifth year in a row that more than one million Indians arrived in Singapore. India is the third-most important tourism market for Singapore, after China and Indonesia.


Director (sales and business development), One Faber Group (1FG) Patrick Lee said that while Singapore has been a popular destination for residents from top cities in India, now an attempt is being made to reach out to tier-two cities of the country.


Lee said, “With direct flights available from several cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Amritsar, Trichy, Kochi, Madurai, Ahmedabad and Vishakhapatnam, we are now hoping to attract more tourists from these cities to Singapore.” He added that for the past few months, three new airlines have also started operations from India.


Singapore targets to increase its Indian tourist footfall by double-digit growth this year. As of October 2019, over one million Indians visited Singapore.


The most popular attractions among Indian tourists include Singapore Cable Car, operated by 1FG that offers Asia’s only cable car dining experience since 1998 and is one of the most popular tourism attractions.


Another key attraction of 1FG is the award-winning “Wings of Time” light and sound show on tourism hub of Sentosa Island. The show is a multi-sensory night show set in the open sea, combining water, laser and pyrotechnics creating a visual extravaganza. “The show is also set to undergo a major upgrade and will showcase a more extravagant experience for the viewers,” Lee said.


A string of new fancy and luxury hotels from Singapore’s leading hospitality company Far East Hospitality like The Outpost Sentosa, The Village and The Barracks have also come up in Sentosa Island to woo tourists over the last few months.


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