Tourism in Singapore

Singapore recorded a total of 14 million tourists in 2017, 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 2.5 tourists per resident, Singapore ranked 28th in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 1st.

Singapore generated around 19.71 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 5.4 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Singapore from 1995 to 2017

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 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in Singapore

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 7.61 billion USD, or about 8.7 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 6.07 million tourists at that time and roughly 1,254 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 19.71 billion USD, accounting for 5.8 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,417 USD for his holiday in Singapore.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Singapore per year

All data for Singapore in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
19956.07 m7.61 bn $8.7 %1,254 $
19966.05 m7.40 bn $7.7 %1,224 $
19975.89 m6.33 bn $6.3 %1,073 $
19985.12 m4.60 bn $5.4 %899 $
19995.60 m5.09 bn $5.9 %908 $
20006.06 m5.14 bn $5.4 %848 $
20015.86 m4.64 bn $5.2 %792 $
20025.86 m4.46 bn $4.8 %761 $
20034.70 m3.84 bn $4.0 %817 $
20046.55 m5.33 bn $4.7 %813 $
20057.08 m6.21 bn $4.9 %877 $
20067.59 m7.54 bn $5.1 %993 $
20077.96 m9.07 bn $5.0 %1,139 $
20087.78 m10.62 bn $5.5 %1,365 $
20097.49 m9.23 bn $4.8 %1,232 $
20109.16 m14.18 bn $5.9 %1,548 $
201110.39 m17.93 bn $6.4 %1,726 $
201211.10 m18.80 bn $6.4 %1,694 $
201311.90 m19.23 bn $6.3 %1,616 $
201411.86 m19.16 bn $6.1 %1,615 $
201512.05 m16.62 bn $5.4 %1,379 $
201612.91 m18.95 bn $6.0 %1,467 $
201713.90 m19.71 bn $5.8 %1,417 $


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