SINGAPORE – Approximately 4.6 million visitors arrived in Singapore in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 7.3 percent from the same period last year.
In the meantime, tourist spending fell by 0.5 percent to $ 6.7 billion due to lower spending in areas such as shopping (-9 percent), accommodation (-13 percent) and food and beverage (-16 percent), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). ) unveiled on Friday (August 24).
The increase in hotel rooms in the period from January to March grew by 8.5 percent on an annual basis to an estimated $ 1 billion, while turnover per available room rose by 4 percent compared to a year earlier as a result of higher average room and occupancy rates. .
Visitors spent more on sightseeing, entertainment and gaming – an increase from 6 percent to $ 1.5 million – while another category that covers airline tickets to Singapore-based airlines, local transportation and business and medical tourism, grew by 22 percent. $ 1.8 million, the bulk of spending.
China, Indonesia and India remained the largest source of visitors and spending, with almost a million Chinese visitors spending $ 1 billion, with the exception of sightseeing, entertainment and gaming. About half of this was spent on shopping.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Senior Tourism Manager Michael Chiami said that the discrepancy between accommodation expenses and hotel income can be attributed to Chinese New Year, with some visitors staying with family rather than hotels.
The higher number of arrivals would meanwhile lead to a general increase in income for hotels, said Dr Chiam.
The fall in F & B spending may also be partly due to the holidays, he said.
"When relatives visit it, it's probably more of a meeting at home, not so much in restaurants, so things like catering are not taken into account and that's probably one of the reasons," said Dr. Chiam.