Singapore's Visitor Count Increases by 14% Sequentially in 1Q

Singapore’s Visitor Count Increases by 14% Sequentially in 1Q

The first quarter of 2023 saw a 13.7% sequential increase in visitor volume to Singapore, with 2.9 million arrivals, according to data from the city-state’s tourism board. Compared to the same period last year, visitor volume was up by over 1,000%, as Covid-19 restrictions impacted the travel industry. The figure for Q1 2023 represents 62% of the 4.7 million arrivals recorded in the same period in 2019, before the pandemic. Overnight visitors accounted for 2.2 million of the total arrivals, up 12.8% on Q4 2022. Indonesia was the largest source of visitors, followed by Malaysia and mainland China. Singapore’s two casino resorts have seen increased play volume since the city-state adopted a living-with-Covid-19 strategy in April 2022. The tourism board’s CEO has forecast that international visitor arrivals could double in 2023 to between 12 and 14 million.