Singapore, land of the cleanest streets and the amazing marina bay skyline is the 2nd most visited country in Asia-Pacific.
In 2017 almost 14 million tourists visited Singapore, helping the country keep its position as the 5th most visited country worldwide, and only behind Bangkok in most visited in Asia-Pacific, according to the latest Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.
Most visitors came from China (18.8 percent), Indonesia (15 percent), India (8.3 percent), Australia (6.1 percent) and Malaysia (5.2 percent) according to statistics.
Tourists spend an average of US$286 (S$390) a day, resulting in a total of US$17.02 billion spent in 2017 alone, and mostly they went either sightseeing, to entertainment like bars and cinemas and gaming arcades.
While Dubai is top in World’s most visited destination, where visitors last year spent a total of US$29.70 billion with an average of US$537 a day, Singapore’s GDP has a 6.1 percent growth and doubled its growth forecast of 2.6 percent.
According to Mastercard Singapore’s country manager Deborah Heng, “Singapore’s diverse offerings from its vibrant events all year round, unique tourist attractions and world-renowned cuisine have enabled the city to hold its place as one of the top five most popular destinations globally.”