Singapore has seen an increase in cruise passengers in 2016 with 1.2 million people going through its two cruise terminals. There was a seven per cent increase in ship calls which rose from 385 to 411. Ten of which, were maiden calls.
The Singapore Tourism Board highlighted the findings at a press conference which saw an increase in tourism figures across the board. Overall visitor arrivals to Singapore grew by 7.7 per cent to 16.4 million people and tourism receipts rose by 13.9 per cent to $24.9 billion.
Chinese tourists dominated the tourism receipts followed by Indonesia, then India. Visitors from India made up the top country for cruise arrivals, growing 29 per cent.
According to STB, there were around 100,000 cruise passengers from India and generally, Indian visitors to Singapore are leisure family travellers with a keen interest in sightseeing and visiting attractions.
Most of these visitors were from Tier 1 and 2 Indian cities and were interested in shopping as well as food and beverages.
Last year, airlines started direct flights from Singapore to Dusseldorf in Germany which improved connectivity to Europe. There were 56,000 cruise guests from Germany which accounted for a 55 per cent growth from the European source market.
For 2017, STB hopes to enhance destination attractiveness including tapping on the ‘Cruise Southeast Asia’ brand. A number of ASEAN nations have signed MOUs to boost cruise tourism between the countries.