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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018, 15 : 15 PM [IST]

Singapore eyes 14% growth in tourist arrivals from India in 2018

According to Press Trust India (PTI), Singapore is expecting 14% growth in tourist footfalls from India this year compared to 2017, and plans to tap the growing young travellers segment.

"Last year (2017) was a record year where we received 1.27 million Indian travellers. This year, from January till September we have already received 1.08 million Indians. So looking at this growing trend we are hoping 14% growth over last year," GB Srithar, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) regional director, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, told PTI.

Srithar stated that with the record arrivals in 2017, India has become the third highest contributor of visitor arrivals to Singapore. 

In terms of spending, he said, India continued to retain the number three position. For Indian travelers,Singapore has always been a popular destination for families, cruise and meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE), however, Singapore Tourism Board is planning to tap the growing younger population in the sub-continent.

"With maximum population in India in the 35-42 age group, we want to show them a different side of Singapore, in addition to being a great family destination. From the coolest indie gigs and the biggest international concerts, to eclectic music festivals, raves and jazz nights, we have a diverse and vibrant music and event scene. STB did an eight-city roadshow this year and in 2019, it is planning to spread to tier II and III cities as well." Srithar added. 

Talking about connectivity, STB assistant chief executive Chee Pey Chang said, currently Singapore is directly connected with daily flights in 17 cities in India."We are watching the demand scenario closely. We are working on the strategy whether to increase the frequency of direct flights from the existing 17 cities or to connect few more new cities in India going forward. However, nothing is in the immediate pipeline," he concluded.

(Source: PTI)
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