The Business Times, 30 Nov 2019
By KOH JIA RONG
SINGAPORE tourist arrivals rose to an all-time quarterly high for the July to September period this year, driven by higher Chinese demand.
According to data available on the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) website, Singapore welcomed the highest number of international visitors for a quarter in 3Q2019, at 4.9 million. This was a 7.8 per cent increase over 2Q2019’s figure of 4.6 million arrivals, and a 3.5 per cent gain on the 4.8 million in the same quarter last year.
The previous high was recorded in 3Q2018, at 4.8 million arrivals, based on available STB data dating from as far back as 2008. Travellers from the Middle Kingdom accounted for slightly over 1 million arrivals this quarter, or 20 per cent of total tourist arrivals, making it the top source market for Singapore tourism. Indonesia trails behind at 759,560 arrivals, accounting for 15 per cent of total tourist arrivals during the quarter.