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Indonesia surpasses China as top source for tourists in Singapore

October 10, 2023 Singapore Industry Updates

According to Singapore Tourism Board data, Indonesia surpassed mainland China as the leading source market for monthly visitor arrivals in Singapore in September. In that month, Singapore saw 1.13 million visitor arrivals, a 13.7% decrease from the 1.31 million recorded in August.

Singapore had 10.14 million visitors in the first nine months of the year, a 171.0% increase over the same time previous year. This is over 70.8% fewer than the same period in 2019, before to the pandemic, when Singapore had 14.33 million tourists.

With 175,600 visitors in September, Indonesia was the largest source market. Mainland China came in second with 135,680 visits.

Chinese tourists stayed longer than Indonesian visitors and the world average each time they came. Those from China remained an average of 4.60 days, while those from Indonesia stayed an average of 2.89 days. In September, visitors from all international markets spent an average of 3.65 days.

Arrivals from mainland China accounted for the bulk of all international visitors to Singapore during the summer months of July and August.

Between January and September, the total number of tourists coming in Singapore from mainland China was 1.01 million, accounting for just 35.4% of the 2.85 million visitors attracted to Singapore by the market during the same period in 2019.

According to the most current tourist board figures, the biggest source markets for Singapore in the first nine months of the year were Indonesia (1.69 million), China (1.01 million), Malaysia (803,260), Australia (796,230), and India (792,910).

Singapore is home to a duopoly of casino resorts, Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands, both of which are owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. subsidiaries. Las Vegas Sands Corp also owns Sands China Ltd, one of six casino operators in Macau.

Original story by: GGRAsia

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