SINGAPORE — Tourist spending rose to S$6 billion in the first three months of the year — up 5 per cent from the same period last year — on the back of a significant jump in revenue from the sightseeing, entertainment and gaming sector, the latest figures from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) show.
Although the number of visitors to Singapore held steady at 3.9 million, they spent 19 per cent more, or more than S$1.6 billion, on attractions, nightspots, day tours, as well as entertainment and gambling at both integrated resorts.
Expenditure on airfares, port taxes, local transportation, business, medical, education and by transit visitors also increased by 5 per cent.
The third revenue growth area in the tourism market was in accommodation, which increased by 2 per cent to more than S$1.3 billion.
A 12 per cent year-on-year growth in hotel room revenue contributed to this increase.
However, spending on shopping (S$1.1 billion) and food and beverage (S$575 million) fell 6 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively, from January to March.
In terms of visitor arrivals, most were tourists from Indonesia (749,000), followed by China (557,000) and Malaysia (288,000). SERENE LIM