27% increase in Qatari visitors to Singapore

PATA West Asia

13 May 2014

Mohamed Hafez Marican speaking at a press conference in Doha yesterday. Mohamed Hafez Marican speaking at a press conference in Doha yesterday.

A total of 11,809 tourists from Qatar visited Singapore in 2013, a 27% increase in the number of visitors compared with the figures in 2012.

Mohamed Hafez Marican, area director at Singapore Tourism Board Middle East and Africa, said yesterday that this figure remains to be a small portion of the 15.5mn total visitors last year – a 7.2% increase from 2012.

“You also have to consider the population of Qatar which also relatively small but rapidly growing,” he said.

The tourism official noted that Qatar is the third largest tourism market for Singapore next to Saudi while the UAE tops the list with nearly 70,000 visitors coming from this GCC country.

Qataris and others are exempted from getting a visa but some residents in Qatar need to apply at the embassy if they want to visit Singapore.

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