Drop in Brunei visitors to S’pore

|     Azlan Othman     |

A TOTAL of 33,859 visitors from Brunei Darussalam visited Singapore in the first six months of this year (January-June), a drop of 6.63 per cent compared to the same period in 2018, Singapore Tourism Board statistics revealed.

The month of March, which also concurs with the first-term school holidays in the Sultanate, constituted the biggest number of travellers to date with 7,996 visitors, followed by January with 5,953 visitors and May with 5,370 visitors.

The statistics also showed most of the travellers – 30,863 – arrived by air.

Singapore recorded a total of 74,960 visitors from Brunei last year (January-December), an increase of 9.56 per cent compared to 2017.

The month of December saw the highest arrival of travellers from Brunei to Singapore last year with 10,490 visitors followed by March (8,171) and September (6,133).

In a recent report, the Singapore Tourism Board said that tourist spending in the republic fell in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, despite an increase in the number of visitors.

International visitor arrivals grew one per cent year-on-year to reach 4.7 million visitors with China (960,000), Indonesia (725,000), India (300,000), Malaysia (283,000) and Australia (263,000) being the top five markets, accounting for 54 per cent of total arrivals.

Among these markets, China had the fastest growth rate at three per cent while Indonesia’s was slowest, dipping three per cent. Tourism receipts for the same period fell 4.8 per cent to SGD6.5 billion.

This was due to tourists spending less in sectors such as shopping, accommodation, sightseeing, as well as food and beverage. Spending on shopping and food and beverage, totalling SGD1.37 billion and SGD588 million in receipts respectively, registered a seven per cent decline each compared to the previous year.

Although SGD1.26 billion was spent on accommodation, a 12 per cent dip from the previous year, gazetted hotel revenue grew 4.3 per cent year-on-year to reach SGD1 billion.

China (SGD1.093 billion), Indonesia (SGD732 million) and India (SGD338 million) were the top three total revenue generating markets, contributing to 34 per cent of tourism receipts, excluding the sightseeing, entertainment and gaming segments.