When the Formula One circus rolls into Singapore this week for the 13th Singapore F1 Grand Prix from September 30 to October 2, it will signal Singapore’s strong return as a host of world-class events after the COVID-19 pandemic brought its tourism industry to a screeching halt.
With pent-up demand for exciting live events, crowds from around the world will descend on the city-state in numbers not seen since the first Singapore GP in 2008 when a sell-out crowd of 300,000 attended the event. Since then, the best three-day attendance was the 268,000 achieved in 2019. COVID-19 shut down the world’s only street circuit night race in 2020 and 2021.
It is estimated that around 40 per cent of the spectators at the Grand Prix are foreigners, no doubt many will be from India.
Indians at the moment, make up the second largest group of visitors to Singapore by country of origin. Up till August, Singapore received a total of 2.96 million visitors. Out of these, 378,490 are from India. Indonesia is the largest source of foreign visitors to Singapore till August at 588,870. Malaysia is in third place with 264,170, followed by Australia (258,670) and Vietnam (177,510).