A sizable number of Indians are satiating their need for speed by flocking to Singapore
during the Formula 1 weekend and the trend could continue to grow with little possibility of the high-profile race returning home in the near future.
“The number of Indians visiting Singapore
is increasing annually and we are also seeing more traffic from India during the Singapore
Grand Prix,” GB Srithar, regional director of South Asia at Singapore
Tourism Board, told PTI today.
“And they are not just coming here for the race, they are planning their holiday around the Grand Prix
week. The interest is also there in the entertainment line up around the event. Not just India, people from all around the world are visiting Singapore
during the race week,” he said.
Overall, as many as 6.6 lakh Indians visited Singapore
between January and May this year, a 15 per cent increase from last year. Around 1.1 million Indians touched down in the city-state in 2016, an increase of eight per cent from the previous year.
The Grand Prix
period not only attracts Indians but tourists from all around the world. Since the night race’s inception in 2008, Singapore
has received over 4,50,000 international visitors and about SGD 1.4 billion in tourism receipts.
The sport’s first ever night race has become one of the highlights of the season and yesterday Singapore
extended its deal with Formula 1 for another four years.
“The race is not only attracting holiday tourists, a large number also visit Singapore
during the Grand Prix
week for business. What we are offering is an overall package,” added Srithar.
Besides the action on the track, a host of musical concerts featuring international artists and lifestyle events take place during the race week. Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Seal and Duran Duran are among the artists performing this week.