India continues to be the third largest visitor source market for Singapore contributing over one million visitors annually for the fourth consecutive year, a senior official of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said here on Tuesday.

“With a double-digit growth of 13 per cent, India retains the third spot in visitor arrival (VA) in 2018, after China and Indonesia,” said GB Srithar, Regional Director, South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Singapore Tourism Board.

Growth

He also said that tourist arrival from metro cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru grew by 8 per cent to 4,98,000 in 2018 while non-metro cities like such as Hyderabad, Pune, Amritsar and Coimbatore accounted for about 2,53,000 travellers recording a 12 per cent growth. “We are seeing a good traction of tourist growth from tier-2 cities with a growth rate higher than tier-1,” said Srithar.

“India also remains the leading cruise market for Singapore with over 1,60,000 cruise-holiday makers visiting the country in 2018,” Srithar added.

Besides opening the $1.7-billion Jewel Changi Airport in April, the country has planned a host of sightseeing and attraction offerings such as a five-storey garden with world’s largest indoor waterfall and Singapore’s iconic cable car ride to lure tourists across the globe.

“With an array of exciting events and year-round festivals, we look forward to more visitors from India to experience Singapore in 2019,” said Srithar.

In 2018, about 1.44 million Indians visited Singapore spending about S$1.33 billion between January and September.

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