STB has published Singapore's August 2016 visitor arrivals data and Quarter Two 2016 Tourism Sector Performance Report.
From January to August 2016, Singapore received 11.3 million visitors, a healthy 10.3 per cent growth from the same period in 2015, and this was driven by good growth rates from some top source markets such as China, Indonesia and India.
In the first half of 2016, tourism receipts grew by 12 per cent to reach $11.6 billion. The growth in TR was mostly volume-driven due to a strong growth of visitor arrivals of 13% from January to June 2016. Another main contributing factor to the TR growth was the increased spending on shopping, accommodation and food and beverage components. This helped to offset the fall in Sightseeing, Entertainment & Gaming (SEG) that was due largely to the decline in gaming revenue as reported by the integrated resorts.
We observed that there has also been a shift in our visitors' profile and in their spending patterns for some of our top source markets. Increasingly, we are seeing more visitors with higher propensity to spend from major cities in markets such as India, Australia and Indonesia spending more on fashion accessories, wellness products, souvenirs, gifts and confectionery.
In addition, more visitors are choosing to stay in paid accommodation, particularly in mid-tier hotels. In contrast, we are seeing less long-stayers who are typically hosted by their friends and relatives.
These contributed to an estimated $1.6 billion for gazetted hotel room revenue in 1H 2016, a year-on-year growth of 3.2 per cent. However, despite the 0.7 percentage points increase in Average Occupancy Rate (AOR), the Revenue per Available Room (RevPar) declined by 2.4 per cent year-on-year due to a lower Average Room Rate (ARR).
For more information, please refer to the report here.