Singapore experienced a sharp rise in arrivals from India in the first half of the year.
According to the latest data from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), a total of 573,010 Indians visited the Lion City in the first six months of 2016, 10.1% more than the same period last year. This makes India the third largest source of international visitors to Singapore, having overtaken Malaysia (-1.6% to 552,679).
In total, international arrivals to Singapore jumped 12.5% to 8.17 million in the first half of 2016, although the figures do compared to a weak 2015.
A 55.2% surge in arrivals from mainland China was the main reason for the rebound, with 1.47m Chinese visitors cementing the country’s place as Singapore’s largest source market, ahead of Indonesia (+7.3% to 1.41m). India and Malaysia were fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Australia (+0.2% to 492,524) in fifth.
Overall visitation from South Asia to Singapore climbed 9.0% to 701,830 in the first half, including increased traffic from Sri Lanka (+3.3% to 45,801) and Bangladesh (+2.2% to 60,367).