Published on : Friday, September 18, 2020

In Singapore, few tourism companies in are quite hopeful about the advantages of the SingapoRediscover vouchers. It’s being expected that they will help in boosting up the businesses after the recent recommencement of tours and hotel stays.

On Wednesday, Sep 16th, the Singapore Tourism Board declared that this year, every Singaporean aged 18 years and above will get S$100 worth of SingapoRediscovers vouchers, which they can use as staycations, attraction tickets and tours.

In 2020, this voucher can be used till December and up till the end of June 2021 and more information will be disclosed on the redemption mechanism in November.

Tour operators CNA spoke to said they are pretty hopeful to get more business from the vouchers. It was introduced to aid local tourism, which has got severely thrashed by the pandemic.

Founder of Oriental Travel and Tours Stanley Foo informed CNA that he got numerous queries where interested customers have expressed their willingness to use these vouchers on their tours.

To quote him, “I think moving forward, what we are planning to do is to come up with a series of tours that will attract locals, because we are mindful that most locals … are looking for unique experiences.”

At present, the offerings of the company include its Creepy Tales Of Singapore paranormal activity tour, as well as tours to Pulau Ubin.

“So we cannot have the traditional tours. We need to come up with something more unique, something that will attract them to spend their tourism vouchers,” said Mr. Foo.

He is quite optimistic that the company will certainly witness a rise in the number of bookings after the voucher was introduced in December, however, he is not sure how big the spike would be.

He has estimated that a rise in bookings of about 30 per cent has happened from the vouchers; Mr. Foo stated that he thinks hotel stays will be the most popular use in regards to the vouchers, over tours and tourist attractions.

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