More tourists visit Singapore, but spend less: STB



SINGAPORE: More tourists visited Singapore in the second quarter of this year than last year, but according to a report released by Singapore on Friday (November 9th), they spent less.

International visitor arrival grew 8 percent year-on-year to 4.6 million. However, tourism revenue for the same period decreased by 1.7 percent to 6.6 billion dollars.

This was due to the fact that tourists spend less in the second quarter in sectors such as shopping, food and beverages, the report said.

STB Q2 2018

Major segments of tourism revenue in Singapore in the 2nd quarter of 2018. (Infographic: STB)

Tourists spent a total of $ 1.26 billion on purchases, a drop of 22 percent over the previous year and $ 601 million for food and beverages, a 15 percent decline over the previous year.

Revenue in hotel safes increased year-on-year by 9.4% to $ 1 billion, average occupancy rate of 85%, an increase of 0.9 percentage points over last year.

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The highest ball among tourists who visited Singapore in Q2 2018. (Infographic: STB)

Visitors from China, Indonesia and India spent the most, which contributed to 45% of tourism revenue, excluding the sightseeing, entertainment and gaming segment.


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