Singapore tourist arrivals slip in May, but remain over one million

SINGAPORE’S international visitor arrivals exceeded one million in May, for the third straight month, but slipped from April’s post-pandemic high.

Tourism arrivals slid to 1.11 million in May, down from 1.13 million recorded in the preceding month, based on the latest figures from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Monday (Jun 12). But the month’s arrival numbers were more than 2.5 times the 418,458 visitors recorded in the corresponding month in 2022, even as arrivals remained below the 1.5 million visitors recorded in May 2019, before the pandemic.

Indonesia, for the 14th month, remained the top source of visitors to Singapore, recording 183,758 visitors in May – though this was lower than the 220,067 arrivals in the previous month.

The next-largest source country was India, overtaking Malaysia with 130,438 visitors in May. This was higher than the 97,029 tourist arrivals from India in April.

Malaysia, coming in third, posted 98,347 visitors, up from 98,190 in April. In fourth place was China, with 95,613 visitors, compared with 90,725 tourists in April. Australia fell to fifth place in May with 79,669 visitors, down from 92,937 in the month before.

In the year to date, Singapore has recorded some 5.2 million visitor arrivals, against the 12 million to 14 million arrivals that STB expects to hit in the full year.