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

Last Updated : 19-Oct-2023

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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.

Infograph of tourism statistics in 2022.

    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.

Infograph of the top 5 countries to visit 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

Infograph of monthly arrivals in Singapore.

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

Infograph of month over month arrivals in Singapore.

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

Average Length 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

Infograph of the average length of stay for travellers to Singapore.

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)

Infograph of the number of male VS female arrivals to Singapore.Infograph of the persentage of male VS female arrivals in Singapore.

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

Infograph of the age of travellers arriving in Singapore.

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

Infograph of the method of transportation that travellers use to visit Singapore.

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

Infograph of the hotel room prices in Singapore in 2022.

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%

Infograph of the Singapore occupancy rate each month in 2022.

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)

Infograph of the hotel rooms occupied each month in 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

Infograph of the number of rooms in Singapore not occupied each month in 2022.

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

Infograph of the tourism receipts VS major components 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

Infograph of the tourism receipts VS major components 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 travellers 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 breathtaking scenery, Singapore will leave you wanting more. Create an unforgettable experience and start planning your trip now! Remember, if you need a tourist visa for Singapore to travel, use Atlys to get your visa without any effort or hassle!

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