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Tourism in Singapore

Tourism in Singapore

Singapore recorded a total of 19 m tourists in 2019, ranking 27th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Singapore, the result is much more comparable picture: With 3.4 tourists per resident, Singapore ranked 39th in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 1st.

Singapore generated around 20.42 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 5.5 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 14 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southeast Asia.

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The most popular city in Singapore for international travelers is Singapore. In 2019 it reached the 4th place of the world's most popular cities with 19.76 m tourists.

Tourism in SingaporeOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 966 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Singapore spend as much as 2,138 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Singapore from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Singapore each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in Singapore

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 7.61 bn USD, or about 8.7 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 7.14 m tourists at that time and roughly 1,066 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 20.42 bn USD, accounting for 5.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,103 USD for his holiday in Singapore.

Tourism receipts in Singapore per year

All data for Singapore in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201919.12 m
201818.51 m20.42 bn $5.5 %1,103 $
201717.43 m19.89 bn $5.8 %1,142 $
201616.40 m18.94 bn $5.9 %1,155 $
201515.23 m16.62 bn $5.4 %1,091 $
201415.10 m19.16 bn $6.1 %1,269 $
201315.57 m19.23 bn $6.3 %1,235 $
201214.50 m18.80 bn $6.4 %1,297 $
201113.17 m17.93 bn $6.4 %1,361 $
201011.64 m14.18 bn $5.9 %1,218 $
20099.68 m9.23 bn $4.8 %953 $
200810.12 m10.62 bn $5.5 %1,049 $
200710.29 m9.07 bn $5.0 %881 $
20069.75 m7.54 bn $5.1 %773 $
20058.94 m6.21 bn $4.9 %694 $
20048.33 m5.33 bn $4.7 %640 $
20036.13 m3.84 bn $4.0 %627 $
20027.57 m4.46 bn $4.8 %589 $
20017.52 m4.64 bn $5.2 %617 $
20007.69 m5.14 bn $5.4 %669 $
19996.96 m5.09 bn $5.9 %731 $
19986.24 m4.60 bn $5.4 %737 $
19977.20 m6.33 bn $6.3 %879 $
19967.29 m7.40 bn $7.7 %1,015 $
19957.14 m7.61 bn $8.7 %1,066 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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