S’pore’s tourist arrivals fell 85% to 2.7m, cheapest in four decades due to Covid-19, Consumer Information & Best Tales

SINGAPORE – Customer arrivals to Singapore plummeted to 2.7 million last calendar year, the least expensive in about 4 a long time, adhering to unprecedented worldwide journey restrictions and border closures amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Final year’s arrivals virtually all took place in the course of the first two months of the 12 months, and the total quantity is a drop of 85.7 for every cent from arrivals in the total of 2019, explained the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Monday (Feb 1).

Tourism receipts also tumbled 78.4 per cent to $4.4 billion in the 1st three quarters of very last calendar year, from the same time period in 2019.

This was mostly because of to the unparalleled international vacation constraints and border closures, the STB said.

STB main govt Keith Tan stated: “STB stays assured in Singapore’s situation as one particular of the world’s safest and most eye-catching leisure and business enterprise locations, and the extended-term potential clients of Singapore’s tourism sector.”

When mass global vacation is unlikely to resume in a key way this yr, he mentioned the STB will carry on to perform with business companions to put together for a recovery.

Domestic demand from customers has now come to be vital to support tourism companies, with global vacation at a standstill.

The SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRV) plan was released in December very last year in bid to assistance regional tourism.

Because last month, more than 300,000 Singaporeans have used the SRV plan to make bookings with Singapore accommodations, attractions and excursions, ensuing in a lot more than $35.9 million in SRV redemptions and out-of-pocket payments.

The STB extra that tourism companies had also performed a important part in Singapore’s fight from Covid-19, with lodges giving their qualities for various accommodation uses, including government quarantine facilities, swab isolation facilities and keep-household detect committed facilities (SDFs).

Much more than 70 hotels served as SDFs at various points in due to the fact March last 12 months, and as at December last year, the SDFs experienced accommodated a lot more than 80,000 men and women on stay-home notice.

The outlook for intercontinental vacation is also predicted to continue to be bleak this calendar year.

In a assertion on Monday, the STB explained: “Even with the development of a number of vaccines, it will get time for mass leisure vacation and traveller self esteem to return. Thus, we expect tourism arrivals and tourism receipts to stay weak in 2021.”