Singapore’s tourist arrivals fell 85% to 2.7m, least expensive in four decades due to Covid-19

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (The Straits Occasions/ANN): Visitor arrivals to Singapore plummeted to 2.7 million past

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (The Straits Occasions/ANN): Visitor arrivals to Singapore plummeted to 2.7 million past 12 months, the least expensive in about 4 a long time, subsequent unprecedented international travel limitations and border closures amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Very last year’s arrivals just about all took place all through the to start with two months of the year, and the whole range is a fall of 85.7 per cent from arrivals in the entire of 2019, stated the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Monday (Feb 1).

Tourism receipts also tumbled 78.4 for every cent to S$4.4 billion in the initial 3 quarters of previous year, from the very same time period in 2019.

This was largely because of to the unprecedented world journey limitations and border closures, the STB explained.

STB main govt Keith Tan explained: “STB continues to be assured in Singapore’s place as just one of the world’s most secure and most beautiful leisure and enterprise destinations, and the prolonged-expression prospective customers of Singapore’s tourism sector.”

Though mass international journey is unlikely to resume in a important way this yr, he claimed the STB will proceed to do the job with industry associates to get ready for a recovery.

Domestic need has now become significant to aid tourism organizations, with intercontinental travel at a standstill.

The SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRV) scheme was launched in December previous year in bid to assist nearby tourism.

Because last month, much more than 300,000 Singaporeans have employed the SRV plan to make bookings with Singapore lodges, attractions and excursions, resulting in far more than $35.9 million in SRV redemptions and out-of-pocket payments.

The STB additional that tourism firms experienced also performed a key position in Singapore’s struggle towards Covid-19, with motels featuring their attributes for various accommodation applications, like governing administration quarantine facilities, swab isolation services and keep-dwelling notice devoted services (SDFs).

Much more than 70 motels served as SDFs at various points in considering the fact that March previous calendar year, and as at December last 12 months, the SDFs had accommodated more than 80,000 men and women on remain-house observe.

The outlook for international travel is also anticipated to stay bleak this calendar year.

In a statement on Monday, the STB reported: “Even with the improvement of many vaccines, it will consider time for mass leisure journey and traveller self-assurance to return. Therefore, we be expecting tourism arrivals and tourism receipts to continue to be weak in 2021.” – The Straits Periods/ANN