India has crossed the one 1.4 million visitor mark in 2018 and is the third largest visitor market for Singapore. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced that India retained its third position, after China and Indonesia, as a visitor market for Singapore, having first gained that spot in 2017. It recorded the second highest growth at 13 per cent, after the USA at 14 per cent.
While key metro cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai continue to contribute the highest number of visitors to Singapore – 498,000 travellers in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 8 per cent – STB’s efforts to engage other key metros and secondary cities resulted in them providing good growth in visitors. These cities, including Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Amritsar, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam, contributed 253,000 travellers in 2018.
Singapore received 160,000 cruise passengers from India in 2018, a 27 per cent year-on-year increase, which comprised a large number of corporate incentive travel groups, typically with two or three night itineraries, making India remain as the top cruise travel source market for Singapore. From India, Singapore continues to draw a high number of meetings and incentive travel groups in 2018, including from prominent corporates like Amway India and Voltas.
GB Srithar, regional director SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East and Africa), for STB said: “We are grateful to all our partners who promoted Singapore actively in 2018, making us welcome a record 1.44 million visitors from India. With Singapore’s diverse sightseeing and attraction offerings, array of exciting events and year-round festivals and celebrations catering to the different passion points of travellers, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from India to experience Singapore in 2019.”
On the MICE front, Singapore is set to host some key events like the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit 2019, KPMG Asia Pacific Tax Summit 2019, 18th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress 2021 and Asian Patent Attorneys Association General Assembly and Council Meetings 2022. Collectively, these events are expected to draw close to 10,500 foreign delegates to Singapore. The STB will continue reaching out to and enticing meetings and incentive travellers in India to Singapore, through its incentive schemes.