The pandemic's ongoing effect on Snigapore's tourism industry was evident as the latest Singapore Tourism Board (STB) data showed the first month-on-month decline in international arrivals since early last year.
STB data highlighted 23,150 visitors in January, down by 98.6 per cent on the 1.69 million guests in the same month in 2020.
The latest figure also marks a 3.6 per cent dip from the 24,010 arrivals clocked in December 2020. The number of international visitors had been on a gradual uptrend since the trough of 750 visitors in April 2020.
There was an increase in arrivals from India, where the number of travellers rose to 3,950, from 2,250 the month prior. However, fewer arrivals from Singapore's top two tourism markets, China (6,600 in January, from 7,660 in December 2020) and Indonesia (2,630, down from 4,200 previously) contributed to the decline.