Since the tourism drop in 2009, Singapore is once again experiencing a decline in what used to be a rosy and robust tourism industry. A recent report identified a fall in the number of international visitors, hurt by the slow regional tourism growth despite the stronger Singaporean dollar.
The drop in arrivals may have been significant, but visitors were also found out to have stayed longer and spent more, keeping tourism afloat by S$23.5 billion (RM62.1 billion), according to estimates. Explorers can treat this thinning of the crowd as an advantage: packages are cheaper, accommodations wider and there are more future events.
Packages and Pit Stops
Singapore relies on tourism for about 4% of its economic output. A large percent of its tourists are from travellers who stop in between flights, turning what was supposedly a mere pit stop into a full-blown adventure.
The city-state is counting on tour packages to Singapore’s top attractions to boost visitor arrivals as much as possible. Travel packages and itinerary transforms a standalone destination to a three-day roundabout journey at low-costs
So, it’s a good thing?
It is. Despite taking aggressive blows from political turmoil, aviation disasters and dampened tourist count in the Southeast Asian region, Singapore is still alive and more generous. The city-state is now seeking to launch more events to attract visitors.
Singapore is gearing towards a wider spectrum of activity. Visitors are no longer limited to stopovers at the most famous city sights, but can also look forward to a variety of sporting events, luxury dining, specialist trade shows, music events and cruises. Improvements on infrastructures and transport lines are also on the way.
Singapore’s tourism might not be too rosy this year, but it is planting bigger trees ahead. Tourism developer Iswaran says they are trying to “create reasons for people to come back, repeat visits, and then extend their stay.”