Singapore tourist arrivals dip from post-Covid record to 816,254 in November

SINGAPORE’S international visitor arrivals slipped in November to 816,254, slightly down from October’s 816,758 and breaking a nine-month growth streak, going by latest figures from Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Tuesday (Dec 13).

November’s tourist arrival numbers remain below the 1.5 million visitors recorded in November 2019, before the pandemic.

Indonesia was, for the eighth straight month, the biggest source of arrivals, sending some 144,444 travellers in November, up from 133,408 recorded in the previous month.

India, Malaysia and Australia, which all saw falls in numbers of visitors sent, continued to hold the second, third and fourth spots respectively. Hailing from India were 73,663 visitors, down from the previous month’s 81,774; Malaysia sent 72,300, down from 77,088; and 69,043 came from Australia, down from 73,718.

China, which was Singapore’s biggest inbound market from 2017 to 2019, sent just 16,023 visitors in November, though this was more than the preceding month when 14,971 visitors from there arrived in Singapore.

In the year to date, Singapore has reported some 5.4 million international visitor arrivals, against STB’s expectation of four to six million international visitors for the year, announced in July.