More tourists, less spending in Singapore

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Singapore tourismMore tourists visited Singapore in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, but they spent less, the Straits Times reported.

According to the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) quarterly report released on November 21, Singapore welcomed 3.9 million tourists between January and March 2013. This was an increase of 9 per cent from the same period last year.

But overall tourism spending dropped by 6 per cent to $5.7billion. The report showed that visitors spent less on accommodation, shopping, and sightseeing and entertainment. They spent the same amount on food and beverage. The decline in spending was driven mainly by a 6 per cent drop in the number of business travelers.

This group also dished out less money across all components. In particular, they spent 21 per cent less on accommodation, due primarily to a downgrading in hotel types.

But Singapore was not alone in experiencing a dip in the number of business travelers. This was also reported in several markets in the region such as China, Hong Kong and Japan. Industry feedback suggested that businesses were generally cutting down on their business trip budgets and number of trips they took to regional destinations, including Singapore.

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More tourists visited Singapore in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, but they spent less, the Straits Times reported.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Singapore tourismMore tourists visited Singapore in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, but they spent less, the Straits Times reported.

According to the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) quarterly report released on November 21, Singapore welcomed 3.9 million tourists between January and March 2013. This was an increase of 9 per cent from the same period last year.

But overall tourism spending dropped by 6 per cent to $5.7billion. The report showed that visitors spent less on accommodation, shopping, and sightseeing and entertainment. They spent the same amount on food and beverage. The decline in spending was driven mainly by a 6 per cent drop in the number of business travelers.

This group also dished out less money across all components. In particular, they spent 21 per cent less on accommodation, due primarily to a downgrading in hotel types.

But Singapore was not alone in experiencing a dip in the number of business travelers. This was also reported in several markets in the region such as China, Hong Kong and Japan. Industry feedback suggested that businesses were generally cutting down on their business trip budgets and number of trips they took to regional destinations, including Singapore.

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