Indian tourists bound for the island nation of Singapore come 4th in numbers after Indonesia, China and Malaysia, while in terms of spends, Indians come third after China and Indonesia, with Singapore dollars 1.125 million last year.
These are some indicators that made Singapore Tourism Board focus on inbound Indian tourists, explained the agency’s Regional Director-South Asia, Middle East and Africa, G.B. Srithar adding, “In 2015, we touched the million Indians-mark and in 2016, it was 1.1 million.”
“We have a 3R approach now – Renew contacts with stakeholders/service providers, Refresh knowledge about new tourism products and Revitalise marketing strategies,” he stated.
Area Director-India of the Board, Adrian Kong, said there will be focus on Indian travellers taking cruises off Singapore. “Last year alone, we saw a lakh Indians cruising out of Singapore. ‘Genting Dream’, a luxury cruiseliner that will set sail off Singapore later this year or so, will accommodate 3,400 guests and attended by 2,000 crew members.
Two out-of-the-world attractions would be the Mandai Project and ‘The Jewel’, a 14,000-square metres of fun area opposite Terminal I of Changi Airport. Mandai, that now had a zoo, a night safari and a river safari, will boast of a new Rain Forest Park by the year 2021, while the Jurong Bird Park now on the west would be moved to ‘The Jewel’ by 2020, Mr. Adrian said, summing up.