The Singapore Tourism Board has revealed that the first six months of the year saw international visitor numbers to the Asian city-state increase by 10.3% year-on-year to 11.3 million.
The tourism promoter declared that the rise was driven by “good growth rates from some top source markets” including China, Indonesia and India while total visitor receipts for the period swelled by 12% year-on-year to hit $8.23 billion.
“The growth in tourism receipts was mostly volume-driven due to a strong growth of visitor arrivals,” read a statement from the Singapore Tourism Board. “Another main contributing factor to the tourism receipt growth was the increased spending on shopping, accommodation and food and beverage components.”
The Singapore Tourism Board stated that the rise in receipts helped to offset a 17% fall year-on-year in earnings from its sightseeing, entertainment and gaming vertical to $1.56 billion, which it described as a symptom of a larger decline in overall gaming revenues from the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa integrated casino resort developments.
“We observed that there has also been a shift in our visitors’ profile and in their spending patterns for some of our top source markets,” read the statement from the Singapore Tourism Board. “Increasingly, we are seeing more visitors with higher propensity to spend from major cities in markets such as India, Australia and Indonesia spending more on fashion accessories, wellness products, souvenirs, gifts and confectionery.”
Figures from the Singapore Tourism Board showed that visitor numbers from mainland China over the first six months of 2016 rose by 55% year-on-year while the numbers from India and Indonesia moreover went up although those visiting Singapore from Malaysia and Hong Kong declined.