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Record fall in Indian tourist numbers to Singapore

The number of Indian tourists to Singapore has reduced to a record low of 54,000 in 2021 from 1.42 million in 2019, prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

India ranked among the top three visitor source markets for Singapore. However, the latest numbers display a drastic fall in tourism in the city-state.

According to India’s tourism statistics, Singapore was among the top 10 destination country for Indian Nationals’ Departures (IND) during 2020.

Furthermore, a total of 2,89,287 Indians visited Singapore in 2020 which was 3.97 pc of the total departures in the year.

Even though China, India, and Indonesia were the top three visitor source markets last year the numbers dropped a great deal from the pre-covid year.

In 2021, Singapore saw 88,000 visitors from China, 54,000 from India, and 33,000 from Indonesia.
During the last pre-COVID year, 2019, the top three sources of visitors were similar. Singapore drew 3.64 million visitors from China, 3.08 million from Indonesia, with India rounding up the top three with 1.42 million visitors, wrote author Lee Kah Whye.

In addition to that, India’s tourism statistics show that Singapore availed 60278 e-tourist visas in 2019 for India which was 2.1 per cent of the total e visas availed.

Furthermore, in Jan-March 2020 a total of 10,227 visas were availed by Singapore for India which was 1.2 pc of the total e-visas.

Singapore had only 330,000 international visitors in 2021, the lowest on record. It is less than two per cent of the 19.1 million tourists who came to its shores in 2019.

STB said that while the numbers in 2020 and 2021 represent only a fraction of Singapore’s tourism performance prior to the pandemic, it is encouraged by the signs of recovery. (Source: ANI)


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