Singapore Tourism Statistics for 2022 - Who Visited Singapore the Most?


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Singapore. A bucket-list destination for millions.

With over 55 unique attractions and sights to see, it's easy to understand why Singapore is considered a "must-visit" destination.

Today we'll look at some unbelievable Singapore tourism statistics that will leave you stunned.

Let's not waste any more time!

General Singapore Tourism Statistics for 2022

Numbers, numbers, numbers; and there are millions. Here we look at the top Singapore tourism statistics that will blow your mind.

General Singapore Tourist Statistics
  • There were around 1.5 Millon international visitors in the first half of 2022.
  • International arrivals have increased by 1100% compared to 2021 (around 12 times more).
  • Citizens from Indonesia visited Singapore the most, with around 282,000 visitors.
  • The top 5 countries by arrival include Indonesia (282,000), India (219,000), Malaysia (139,000), Australia (125,000), Philippines (81,000).
  • 56% of visitors to Singapore form part of the top 5 countries that were just mentioned.
  • Total tourism receipts for the first quarter of 2022 equaled $1.3 billion.
  • Tourism receipts increased by 213% year-over-year (YoY).
  • Tourism receipts from accommodation increased by 344% YoY.
  • Tourism receipts from shopping increased by 373% YoY.
  • The average stay for international visits was 7.1 days in the first half of 2022.
  • In July 2022, there were 726,601 international arrivals in Singapore.

International Visitors by Country for 2022

From the general statistics mentioned above, it's clear that arrivals to Singapore are rapidly increasing. Let's look at the country residents that visited Singapore the most from January 2022 to August 2022.

Top 5 countries that visited Singapore in 2022.
  • Indonesia: 508.49k
  • India: 370.49k
  • Malaysia: 264.17k
  • Australia: 250.67k
  • Vietnam: 177.51k
  • the Philippines: 169.08k
  • the USA: 147.86k
  • Thailand: 128.13k
  • the UK: 100.21k
  • South Korea: 99.26k
  • China: 66.06k
  • Bangladesh: 60.98k
  • Germany: 55.81k
  • Hong Kong SAR: 58.05k
  • Others: 506.62k

There were more visitors from Indonesia than from countries identified as "others."

During Jan - Aug 2022, there were 2.96M (million) visitor arrivals in Singapore. Visitor arrivals increased by 1833.0% year over year (YoY).

In the same breath, there were a total of 2.17M (million) overnight visitors in Singapore. As a result, overnight visitors increased by 5167.1% YoY.

Even though Singapore saw a drastic increase in visitors, the average duration of stay decreased by 78.5% YoY, totaling 5.98 days.

International visitors to Singapore by Month

Now that you know what nationals visited Singapore the most, we'll discuss visitor arrivals by month from Jan 22 to Aug 22.

Arrivals by Month:

  • January 2022 - 57,174 arrivals
  • February 2022 - 67,764 arrivals
  • March 2022 - 121,207 arrivals
  • April 2022 - 295,095 arrivals
  • May 2022 - 418,458 arrivals
  • June 2022 - 534,733 arrivals
  • July 2022 - 726,602 arrivals
  • August 2022 - 729,601 arrivals
Monthly Arrivals in Singapore for 2022

Singapore had the most arrivals in August 2022.

Month Over Month (MoM) Increase in Percentage:

  • January 2022 - N/A
  • February 2022 - 18.5224% increase in visitors MoM
  • March 2022 - 78.8663% increase in visitors MoM
  • April 2022 - 143.4636% increase in visitors MoM
  • May 2022 - 41.8045% increase in visitors MoM
  • June 2022 - 27.7865% increase in visitors MoM
  • July 2022 - 35.8812% increase in visitors MoM
  • August 2022 - 0.4127% increase in visitors MoM
Percentage Increase of MoM Arrivals

Month over month, international arrivals in Singapore have increased by an average of 49.53%.

Average Lenght of Stay in Singapore for International Arrivals

  • February 2022: 16.9 days
  • March 2022: 12.5 days
  • April 2022: 7.3 days
  • May 2022: 6.1 days
  • June 2022: 5.7 days
  • July 2022: 5.1 days
Average Length of Stay in Singapore for 2022

The longest duration of stay was in February, with an average of around 17 days per visit.

International Visitor Arrivals By Sex and Age

By Sex:

  • Female: Total of 1,149,571 female arrivals in Singapore (around 1.1 million female arrivals)
  • Male: Total of 1,023,240 male arrivals in Singapore (around 1 million arrivals)
Number of Arrivals vs. Gender
Number of Arrivals by Specified Gender

In 2022, Singapore had 126,331 more female travelers than male travelers.

By age group:

  • Under 15 Years: 201,170 visitors
  • 15-19 Years: 82,514 visitors
  • 20-24 Years: 170,793 visitors
  • 25-34 Years: 541,891 visitors
  • 35-44 Years: 461,841 visitors
  • 45-54 Years: 331,143 visitors
  • 55-64 Years: 230,420 visitors
  • 65 & Over: 153,086 visitors
Number of Arrivals by Age

Visitors between the ages of 25 and 34 visited Singapore the most from February 2022 to July 2022.

Arrivals by Mode of Transport

  • Arrivals via air: 1,965,781 (Around 1.9 million arrivals)
  • Arrivals via sea: 161,194
  • Arrivals via land: 103,057
Number of Arrivals vs. Mode of Transport

No surprise here, but most international arrivals happen via air transport.

Singapore Hotel Statistics (up until July 2022)

Tourists have to stay somewhere, right? Here we explore hotel statistics for 2022. Be careful; some of these findings might shock you.

I should mention that these statistics refer to gazetted hotels.

Singapore Average Hotel Room Rate in Dollars

  • February 2022: $190
  • March 2022: $191.4
  • April 2022: $207.3
  • May 2022: $225
  • June 2022: $240.6
  • July 2022: $259
Hotel Room Rate in Dollars vs. Month

July's average hotel room rate increased by 69 dollars. Compared to February, that's a 36.32% increase!

Average Singapore Hotel Occupancy Rate (in percentage)

For clarity: the higher the percentage, the more rooms were occupied during a specific period.

  • February 2022: 63.3%
  • March 2022: 59.9%
  • April 2022: 66.3%
  • May 2022: 72.6%
  • June 2022: 78.1%
  • July 2022: 79.1%
Occupancy Rate vs. Month

Total Number of Hotel Rooms That Were Occupied

The statistics being shown include rooms that were paid for and complimentary rooms.

  • February 2022: 559,449
  • March 2022: 800,986
  • April 2022: 880,823
  • May 2022: 1,041,588 (around 1 million rooms)
  • June 2022: 1,227,972 (around 1.2 million rooms)
  • July 2022: 1,224,988 (around 1.2 million rooms)
Hotel Rooms Occupied during 2022

Takeaway: Total number of complimentary and paid rooms increased by 119% from February 2022 to July 2022.

Total Number of Hotel Rooms that were Not Occupied

These rooms exclude rooms closed for renovations and staff use.

  • February 2022: 883,234
  • March 2022: 1,337,116
  • April 2022: 1,328,964
  • May 2022: 1,434,643
  • June 2022: 1,573,112
  • July 2022: 1,547,763
Number of Rooms NOT Occupied vs. Month

Singapore Tourism Receipts during the Pandemic

It's no secret that COVID-19 has had a great impact on economic developments across the world. This is especially true within the tourism and travel industry. Next, we'll take a look at tourism before, during, and after the pandemic (as restrictions and regulations were lifted):

Tourism Receipts per Major Component for 2019

For 2019, tourism receipts equaled 27.69B (billion) dollars, an 2.77% increase from 2018.

  • Shopping: 5.64B (billion)
  • Accommodation: 5.53B
  • Food and Beverages: 2.5B
  • Sightseeing, Entertainment, and Gaming: 6.0B
  • Other major components not listed (airfare, port taxes, etc.): 8.03B
Tourism Receipts (Billion) vs. Major Component for 2019

Tourism Receipts per Major Component for 2020

For 2020, tourism receipts equaled 4.83B (billion) dollars, an 82.56% decrease from 2020.

  • Shopping: 1702.93M (million)
  • Accommodation: 1.02B (billion)
  • Food and Beverages: 453.67M
  • Sightseeing, Entertainment, and Gaming: 951.27M
  • Other major components not listed (airfare, port taxes, etc.): 1.7B

Tourism Receipts per Major Component for 2021

For 2021, tourism receipts equaled 1.89B (billion) dollars, a 60.79% decrease from 2020.

  • Shopping: 174.42M (million)
  • Accommodation: 580.44M
  • Food and Beverages: 192.46M
  • Sightseeing, Entertainment, and Gaming: 223.26M
  • Other major components not listed (airfare, port taxes, etc.): 723.05M

Tourism Receipts per Major Component for the 2022 1Q

Looking at the tourism receipts for the first quarter of 2022, we can see a slight increase from 2021.

  • Shopping: 211M (million)
  • Accommodation: 479M
  • Food and Beverages: 105M
  • Sightseeing, Entertainment, and Gaming: 163M
  • Other major components not listed (airfare, port taxes, etc.): 372M
Tourism Receipts (Million) vs. Major Component for 2022

Tourism Receipts per Top Country for 2019

  • China: 4.12B (billion)
  • Indonesia: 3.07B
  • India: 1.62B
  • Australia: 1.34B
  • Japan: 1.16B
  • the USA: 885.27M (million)
  • Malaysia: 733.08M
  • Philippines: 720.72M
  • South Korea: 675.41M
  • Vietnam: 668.87M

Tourism Receipts per Top Country for 2020

  • China: 624.01M (million)
  • Indonesia: 561.62M
  • India: 290.75M
  • Australia: 225.33M
  • Japan: 178.22M
  • the USA: 148.84M
  • UK: 138.38M
  • Malaysia: 134.54M
  • Vietnam: 133.45M
  • Philippines: 125.36M

Tourism Receipts per Top Country for 2021

  • China: 536.86M (million)
  • Indonesia: 189.94M
  • India: 94.74M
  • the USA: 72.07M
  • Malaysia: 68.47M
  • Australia: 51.96M
  • Hong Kong SAR: 46.12M
  • South Korea: 41.95M
  • Vietnam: 39.63M
  • Japan: 38.3M

What are Singapore's Traditional Incoming Markets, and How will that Change Post-COVID?

Global COVID regulations and travel restrictions have gradually been lifted during 2022. The initial effect was more international travel worldwide. As a result, we can expect stable growth in tourism for many top destinations worldwide, Singapore included.

Pre-pandemic (2019), the traditional inbound markets to Singapore included:

  • China: 3.63M (million)
  • Indonesia: 3.11M
  • India: 1.42M
  • Malaysia: 1.22M
  • Australia: 1.14M
  • Japan: 884.31k
  • Philippines: 829.33k
  • the US: 729.41k
  • South Korea: 645.85k
  • the UK: 607.82k

It's clear that before the pandemic started, China was the largest inbound market to Singapore. However, post-covid (2022), China ranks 11th on the country list with a 98.2% decrease in arrivals from 2019 to 2022.

New arrivals to the top inbound markets include:

Vietnam (177.51k arrivals), Thailand (128.13k), Bangladesh (60.98k), Germany (55.81k), and Hong Kong SAR (58.05k).

The only country that dropped from the list is Japan which previously ranked 6th on the top inbound country list.

Even though it would be difficult to accurately forecast inbound tourism, some hints will help us safely assume how Singapore's traditional inbound markets will change post-covid.

During the pandemic, strict travel regulations were standard across the board. Even though some restrictions were lifted in 2022, China and Japan maintained their covid protocols and regulations. This could explain why less inbound arrivals from these countries alike.

Simply put: Strict covid regulations is a top reason for fewer outbound tourist from China and Japan.

Should these restrictions be lifted in the future, we can safely assume that outbound visitors from these 2 countries to Singapore will increase.

In terms of the other traditional markets, there's no indication to assume that there will be fewer inbound arrivals in Singapore. In fact, the statistics indicate rapid growth month over month from these top inbound countries, which will likely continue.

Ultimately, Singapore is a top-tier tourist destination for many reasons. In fact, some travelers choose to have a layover in Singapore just to enjoy the incredible sights and culture. From what we've discovered today, it's safe to assume that growth in the tourism sector will continue throughout 2022.

From the statistics above, it's clear that Singapore is rapidly growing in tourism in 2022. Wondering why millions of visitors travel to Singapore? Why not see for yourself!

With tons of incredible sights and breath taking scenery, Singapore will leave you wanting more. Create an unforgettable experience and start planning your trip now! Remember, if you need a visa to travel, use Atlys to get your visa without any effort or hassle!

Written By: Richard Dettmar

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