Tourism in Singapore Hits Record High Number in 2016

Beach in Sentosa Island, SingaporeTourism in the Lion City set a new record in 2016 with visitor arrivals and tourism receipts surpassing forecast growth to reach a record high, according to Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) initial figures.

Despite harsh economic conditions, the city-state still lured more visitors with a 7.7% year-over-year increase in 2016 to 16.4 million. Tourism receipts last year amounted to S$24.8 billion, up 13.9% in the year-ago period.

China accounted for a significant portion of that number with a 36% increase in the previous year compared to 2015. Visitors from India and Indonesia also rose 8% and 6%, respectively.

Relaxing Recreation

The increase in tourist arrivals from these countries can be attributed to the STB’s ramped up marketing campaign to promote tourists areas in Singapore in key markets. Aside from promoting it as a leisure destination, the agency has also sought to improve the city-state’s reputation as an attractive place for business tourism.

Despite being a small island, there are many things to do in Singapore. Beach party events in Sentosa, nature parks and modern shopping centres are just some of the attractions that drive tourists to come back each year.

Domino Effect

As more people paid to travel to Singapore, other industries also gained from the spike in foreign tourist arrivals. STB said that the retail sales surged 48% in the first nine months of 2016, driven by confectionery, gift and souvenir purchases among other products.

For 2017, tourism receipts are expected to amount between S$25.1 billion and S$25.8 billion, while international tourist numbers would reach up to 16.7 million people, according to STB.


Don’t let Singapore’s size fool you into thinking that you will only have limited options for fun and recreation. What it lacks in land area, it makes up for it by offering quality forms of leisure activities and beautiful sites.