May marked some good news for Singapore. In May 2015, the City State welcomed 1.22 million international visitors, a number up by 1.1% over the same month of 2014. Singapore had recorded continuous declines in total visitors arrivals since February 2014.
Does this positive performance mark a turn-around for tourism? While some traditional markets such as Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong or Japan continue to weaken, they are some good news from markets such as China, India or Korea. Chinese arrivals were up by 47% in May, while India and Korea were respectively up by 9.7% and 4.6%. The Americas are also performing very positively since the beginning of the year.
From January to May, Singapore international tourist arrivals reached 6.073 million, down by 4.1% with the worst performers being Southeast Asia (-9.1%), Oceania (-7.7%) and Europe (-4.8%). South Asia is the best performer with arrivals up by 4.5%.