SINGAPORE: The Tourism Board expects tourism activity to recover to pre-pandemic levels by 2024 as more travellers flock to the Lion City.
Latest government data showed that international visitor arrivals hit 6.3 million in 2022, breaking the Singapore Tourism Board's (STB) forecast of four to six million visitors.
Most of the visitor arrivals came from Indonesia, at 1.1 million, followed by India and Malaysia, with 686,000 and 591,000 respectively. Tourism receipts reached SGD 8.96billion, led by arrivals from Indonesia, India and Australia.
Meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), leisure, and sporting events increased in 2022 as border restrictions and safe management measures eased. The average length of stay of visitors to Singapore was 4.81 days.
"To sustain our growth in 2023 and beyond, we will expand our partnerships, build up a rich year-round calendar of events, ramp up investment in new and refreshed products and experiences, and continue to support industry efforts to build the capabilities they need to meet consumer demands," said STB chief executive Keith Tan in a press statement.
The STB expects China's gradual reopening and increased flight capacity to boost international visitor arrivals to 12 to 14 million visitors in 2023, which will bring tourism receipts to SGD18 to 21 billion.