Number of visitors to Singapore falls in 2014, but amount spent remains the same

SINGAPORE - A total of 15.1 million visitors came to Singapore last year, a drop of 3.1 per cent compared to 2013.

The amount they spent - $23.5 billion - remained the same as the previous year.

The drop can be attributed falls in visitors from top source countries including China (-24 per cent), Malaysia (-2 per cent), Australia (-4 per cent) and Indonesia (-2 per cent).

Even so, tourism receipts stayed stable compared to 2013 due to each visitor spending more.

The per capita expenditure of each visitor from China, for instance, went up by 29 per cent to $1,600.

The top five visitor markets were Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Australia and India. Visitors from these countries also spent the most.

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