Singapore Tourism sells newer attractions to Indian tourists – BusinessLine

By on July 10, 2019

With arrivals of tourists from tier-II cities in India to Singapore growing in double-digits, the Singapore Tourism Board has kicked off an eight-city roadshow on Tuesday.

Besides Hyderabad, the board will cover Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Rajkot, Guwahati, Nagpur and Jalandhar in the next few days, showcasing new attractions that are coming up in the island nation.

With the theme ‘Growing Connections, Achieving Together’, the board is holding meetings with stakeholders in the local markets to promote Singapore as a destination.

Newer attractions

“We are presenting newer attractions such as Passion Tours, Jewel Changi Airport and Rainforest Lumina. We are also lining up events like Singapore Food Festival and Great Singapore Sale in July, Grand Prix Season Singapore in September and Deepavali Celebrations in November,” Adrian Kong, Area Director (India and South Asia – Mumbai), has said.

Key tourism industry stakeholders from Singapore, representing hospitality, aviation and cruise operators, are also taking part in the roadshows.

Tourist growth

“About 1.45 million tourists from India visited Singapore last year, making it the third largest contributor after China and Indonesia. The number went up by 13 per cent over previous year’s figure,” GB Srithar, Regional Director (India, Middle- East and South Asia) of Singapore Tourism Board, said.

“While top metros contributed about five lakh visitors, tier-II cities chipped in 2.5 lakh visitors,” he said.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, he said the visitor growth from tier-II cities stood at 12 per cent.

The board conducted outreach efforts in 21 cities to connect with travel intermediaries to promote Singapore holidays.

During the roadshows, Scoot, Silk Air and Singapore Airlines will come up with special fares for Indians travelling to Singapore.

The fares will be for a promotional period that will end on July 31, 2019.

Visa issuance

“The average time taken to issue visas is 2-3 days in India. We are also offering 96-hour Visa Free Transit Facility for eligible Indian travellers,” he said.

The VFTF facility will be open for Indian travellers with an onward ticket and a return ticket. They should also have visas of any of eight countries that included the US, Australia, the UK and those having Schengen visa (European countries).

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