Singapore sets new arrivals record

SINGAPORE – Singapore welcomed a record number of arrivals in 2011. The country received 13.2 million international visitors last year, 13% up year-on-year and exceeding the full-year target of 12-13 million.

More than three-quarters of arrivals to Singapore came from Asian countries, with Indonesia (+12% to 2.59 million), China (+35% to 1.58 million), Malaysia (+10% to 1.14 million), Australia (+9% to 956,000) and India (+5% to 869,000) representing the top five visitor source markets.

Despite the 11 March disasters, arrivals from Japan jumped 24% to 656,000, while visitation from the Philippines (+24% to 678,000) and Taiwan (+25% to 238,000) also saw strong growth. The number of visitors from the UK however, declined 4% to 443,000.

Tourism receipts for the year also hit a new record high, totalling SG$22.2 billion (US$17.8 billion), 17% more than in 2010.