Singapore sees decline in Indonesian tourists
Tourist arrivals from China have exceeded arrivals from Indonesia. Visitor arrivals from China to Singapore contributed a total of 18.2% to tourist arrivals, which made China the largest contributor for tourism. However, the usual main source for tourism in the Lion City was Indonesia which contributed 17.2% to the total which increased by 4% year on year.
Due to the continuous strengthening of the Singapore dollar, it is expected that this will dissuade some Indonesian tourists from traveling to Singapore, according to the Cushman & Wakefield research Director Christine Li.
The top growth markets for tourism were India, the US and the UK. Moreover, this is a result of new marketing approaches by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). This increase in tourism confirms that Singapore is inline to reach the STB’s growth forecast for arrivals reaching 16.4-16.7 million by the end of 2017.
According to The Business Times, 5.79 million foreign tourists arrived in Singapore within the first four months of 2017 alone.