As many as 94,332 Indian tourists visited Singapore in October, up from 81,014 in the preceding month, said a media report on Tuesday. This surge positioned India as Singapore’s third-largest tourist-generating market, surpassing Malaysia and Australia.
According to the data released by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), “A total of 94,332 Indian tourists visited Singapore in October, up from 81,014 in the preceding month. It took over countries such as Malaysia and Australia.”
Despite the impressive surge from India, Singapore’s overall international visitor arrivals dipped to 1,125,948 in October, marking a third consecutive month of decline. Australia, which rounded out the top five, was the source of 88,032 visitors, down from 104,497 in the preceding month. Malaysia came in fourth, with 88,641 tourist arrivals, down from 89,384 in September.
Tourism arrival patterns in 2023 reflect seasonal trends – a boost in July and August from inbound Chinese arrivals, before tapering in September and October – which were also observed pre-pandemic, said DBS Bank analyst Geraldine Wong.
Indonesia maintained its position as the top source of visitors, contributing 180,881 tourists in October, while China, with 122,764 visitors, saw a slight drop from September. Wong suggested that safety concerns in other destinations might have redirected Chinese tourists to Singapore temporarily.