WHILE visitor arrivals to Singapore remained flat in the first quarter of 2014 at 3.9 million, tourism receipts edged up five per cent year on year to S$6 billion.
According to data from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), tourist arrivals from China dropped 14 per cent, due to tourism laws imposted last October, which dragged down overall visitor numbers. Travel demand out of China has also weakened recently in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappearance in March this year.
Visitor arrivals from Indonesia – Singapore’s top visitor generating country – climbed six per cent.
But visitor arrivals from other popular source markets such as Malaysia, Australia and Japan declined one per cent, two per cent and two per cent respectively.
Visitor arrivals to Singapore flat in Q1 but receipts up: STB