India has now overtaken China in terms of number of visitors to Singapore, becoming the second highest number of visitors arriving in the island nation. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, China had the highest number of tourists visiting Singapore.
According to Singapore Tourism Board (STB), 6,12,300 visitors from India arrived in Singapore till November 2022. These tourists also stay the longest with an average length of stay of 8.61 days compared with an average of 5.19 days.
Indonesia is the largest source of foreign visitors to Singapore with 9,86,900 visitors up till November, while Malaysia is in third place with 495,470, followed by Australia (476,480) and the Philippines (325,480).
The Indians stay much longer compared to visitors from these four countries. Indonesians on an average stay for 4.66 days, while Malaysians stay for 4.28 days, and Australians for 4.05 days. Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines together account for 48% of total arrivals to Singapore.
In 2019, Singapore was the fifth most visited city in the world, with over 19.1 million visitors. It then had over 3.6 million visitors from China, making Chinese tourists Singapore’s largest tourism source. The reopening of China could bring more tourists to Singapore.