There were a total of 1,93,230 Indian visitors to Singapore in the first three months of this year, which is about 3.5 times more than the 54,530 who arrived in 2022, according to Singapore Tourism Board (STB. Singapore arrivals are now at two-thirds pre-Covid levels as Indian visitors surge 350% from last year.
The STB announced that the number of visitors to Singapore was far beyond expectations, with over 2.9 million arrivals in the first quarter of this year, which is 62 per cent of 2019’s first three months.
Indians accounted for the fourth-largest source of tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year after Indonesians (523,300), Malaysians (278,910) and Australians (265,730). Americans were the fifth-largest at 168,960.
Meanwhile, China, which was the largest source of tourists for Singapore with over 3.75 million visitors in 2019, has yet to fully return to Singapore and made up the ninth largest group of tourists in Q1 with only 1,24,560 coming to Singapore. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, Chinese tourists made about 170 million trips abroad in 2019. Based on data from travel booking site Fliggy, in February, international flights out of China were at less than 10 per cent of 2019 levels.