Although the area is within Indonesian territory, the island is marketed at residents from nearby Singapore, for whom Bintan is a short ferry trip away. The development received 410,454 visitors in 2009, of which the largest proportion, almost 30% were Singaporean.
The area is generally a short-stay destination, with 90% of visitors staying less than seven days.
Hotels and resorts
- Banyan tree
- Angsana Nirwana
- Bintan lagoon Club Med
- The Sanchaya
- Swiss bel hotel lagoi
- Holiday Villa Pantai Indah
Mercure, novotel, ibis Alia Heritage Bintan Four points, the Ship Hotel (formerly MV doulos)
Bintan Resorts has its own ferry terminal, serving only Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore. 
Bintan Resorts is separated from the rest of Bintan by a barbed wire fence, and land access to the rest of the land is via a single security checkpoint (Post 1 checkpoint).
Most resorts offer free shuttle bus services to and fro the ferry terminal.