The city-state of Singapore welcomed 1.5 million visitors in the first half of 2022, nearly 12 times more than in the same period last year, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) reported yesterday.
The agency predicted that as global travel picks up, about four to six million visitors will visit the Southeast Asian nation this year.
According to the agency, STB, Singapore’s top five visitor markets were Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines, accounting for more than half of total visitor arrivals from January to June. Among them, visitors from Indonesia, India and Malaysia in particular, recorded the highest year-on-year growth in numbers.
Singapore’s tourism revenue reached about S$1.3 billion (more than US$928 million) in the first quarter of the year, more than double the revenue in the same period last year.
STB Managing Director Keith Tan said the aforementioned encouraging growth in tourist arrivals and revenue signals a strong recovery in tourism demand in Singapore.
Keith Tan expressed confidence that while the pandemic is certainly not over yet, Singapore’s extensive programs and events, as well as new and updated tourism offerings, will continue to attract visitors for the rest of 2022 and beyond.