Singapore visitor numbers up in 18Q1, but spending down

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    Singapore welcomed 4.6 million visitors in the first quarter of 2018, a 7.3 percent boost from the prior year period.

    However, despite a rise in visitors, tourist spending fell half a percent to S$6.7 billion (US$4.9 billion) due to lower spending in shopping, accommodation and F&B.

    There was however, an increase in spending on sightseeing, entertainment and gaming – increasing 6 percent year-on-year to S$1.5 billion.

    According to the Singapore Tourism Board, China, Indonesia and India remained the biggest source of both visitor numbers and spending, with almost a million Chinese visitors spending S$1 billion in Q1, excluding sightseeing, entertainment and gaming.

    Around half of this amount was spent on shopping.