Spending by UK visitors to Singapore reaches record amounts
The latest tourism figures for Singapore show record spending by UK visitors in the first six months of this year. More than 231,000 people visited from the UK between January and June, more than from each of the United States, Germany and Hong Kong and UK visitors spent S$282million, mostly on accommodation, food and shopping.
Total international visitor arrivals to Singapore between January and June of tyhis year stood at 6.2million, a 15% increase on the same period last year, while total spend during the same period is estimated at S$11billion, up 32% on the same six months last year.
Entertainment saw the greatest percentage change with a 136% increase in sightseeing and entertainment expenditure for the period, followed by a 23% increase in food and beverage expenditure.
The destination has seen a wave of new hotels, restaurants and shops opening in the last 18 months and the tourist board reports that much of the destination’s success can be attributed to the city’s constantly changing skyline. These include the successful launch of integrated resorts Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, new hotels such as Fullerton Bay and The New Majestic and shopping facilities such ION Orchard and the new Louis Vuitton store.
The city is poised to witness further changes, with the forthcoming opening of Gardens By The Bay in spring next year, with “supertrees” and two huge glass domes at the heart of the complex. Next year will also see the opening of the new International Cruise Terminal and the River Safari.