Singapore’s Tourism Trends To Improve Local Economy


The Tourism Board of Singapore recently reported some heavy players that contributed to the surge in tourist numbers last year. Key markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, and China emerged as significant contributors, with 2.3, 1.1, and 1.4 million visitors originating from these countries, respectively. Singapore attracted about 13.6 million people in 2023, and local forecasts reveal a heightened possibility for more in 2024. Compared to 2022, the surge is about two times higher. Many are unaware of the trends surrounding this increase in tourism count. This article aims to shed more light on these factors, especially how they relate to the country’s economic status.

Insight Into 2023’s Triumphs

2023 opened up new doors of possibilities for the tourism landscape in Singapore. Considering the significant restrictions and after-effects of 2020’s COVID pandemic, even the city-states never expected this much growth.

Post-COVID year, Singapore received about 3.5 million tourists from China, and despite the recovery in 2023, it still hasn’t been able to top this number. This shows how much COVID-19 has had on the travel sector in the country, which is why it is also good to see some significant comeback.

In 2023, new attractions brought so much life to the country. Travelers saw newer excitement like the world’s first surf-snow-skate action sports facility, Trifecta. Another major attraction was Bird Paradise, which commenced operations in May.


The hotel industry had its fair share of contributions, with reports of 3,210 rooms across several new openings, including Artyzen Singapore, Pan Pacific Orchard, Mondrian Singapore Duxton, and The Singapore Edition. Event pipelines were robust, and it was a wholesome year for visitors who came into the country.

Major Contributing Trends to 2023’s Tourism Boom

MICE Tourism Boom

We highlighted how the event pipeline in the country has risen to a new height. This can be attributed to MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions) destinations in Singapore constantly attracting businesses, companies, and enterprises across Asia.

The investor-friendly atmosphere makes Singapore an accessible and perfect location for corporate events, global conferences, and international exhibitions. This is a huge plus because it opens professionals to several more reasons to visit the country and makes it the go-to hub for global company and talent recommendations.

Culinary Tourism Transition

Culinary tourism is now of substantial value; an interest in food events, festivals, and culinary experiences is becoming a significant part of visitors’ experiences. Multicultural positioning is also an added factor that makes visitors from several locations interested in seeing Singapore and exploring its cuisines. The options range from Michelin-star restaurants to street food, local restaurants, and cosy cafes that are convenient and attractive, especially to digital nomads.

Medical Tourism Hub

First-class healthcare facilities are nonnegotiable perks of visiting the country. The medical facilities here have highly specialized medical procedures and services for travellers in the medical sector. You’ll also find that the country boasts sophisticated hospitals, colleges, and centres for working professionals looking to expand their knowledge in the field. This also cements the country’s position as a place patients can visit for more advanced medical care and services.


Cultural Attractions

Theme parks, museums, theatres, and other cultural attractions are other highlights and trends that draw people in. Some of the most visited tourist attractions are the National Museum, National Gallery, Asian Civilization Museum, and Lau Pa Sat. There are also beaches and Islands like the Marina Bay Sands and Sentosa Islands.

Singapore packs in so many iconic landmarks and locations; at every point, you’ll find somewhere new to explore. New attractions are also popping up nationwide and were the major highlight of last year’s growth.

Singapore Tourism’s Effect on Local Economy

According to the Singapore Tourism Board, the tourism sector contributes to 4% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is major because it reinforces its position as a highly sought-after location and a favourable place for nomads, travellers, and businesses.

Being a significant travel hub has boosted the country’s economy, attracting people of all professions, from digital nomads to forex traders, who can use Singapore’s tourism statistics and trends to predict market movements with tools such as TradingView.

The Future Outlook for Singapore’s Tourism

We’ve explored the past and present performance of the Singaporean tourism scene, and it’s safe to conclude that there is so much to look forward to in this market. The current forecast of CAGR growth for 2024 to 2034 is 4%, and the share of domestic tourism in the industry is expected to rise by 52% in 2024. Although Singapore hasn’t fully recovered from its best performances pre-COVID, the strides we’ve seen over the years are tremendously impressive and stand as one of the best performances globally. Indeed, there is room for many more improvements in the coming years.


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Annie Goh

Annie Goh was born and raised in Singapore, and grew up on a steady diet of hawker food, fine dining, and everything in between thanks to her parent's passion for food and adventure. After spending the early part of her career travelling the world, Annie has now come home to share her love of Singapore with the world.

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