Regardless of hope for vaccines coming into perform this calendar year, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) however expects tourism arrivals and receipts to keep on being weak in 2021.
“Even with the enhancement of various vaccines, it will consider time for mass leisure vacation and traveller self confidence to return,” STB mentioned
Simply because of quite a few limits set in area by the authorities to combat the distribute of COVID-19, Singapore noticed a decline in both of those customer arrivals and tourism receipts in 2020. Arrivals fell by 85.7% in 2020 whilst tourism receipts declined by 78.4% in the initial a few quarters of 2020.
The full-year figures for tourism receipts have not been released.
Regardless of low numbers, STB chief govt Keith Tan claimed the tourism board is confident that Singapore is nonetheless a person of the world’s safest and most appealing leisure and business locations.
“Whilst mass international travel is not likely to resume in a major way in 2021, STB will go on standing with each other with our sector partners to get ready for restoration and to begin making a far better and a lot more sustainable long term for tourism,” Tan claimed.
Very last December, STB aided promote nearby tourism by launching a $320m SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRV) plan to complement the Business Singapore and Sentosa Progress Corporation SingapoRediscovers marketing campaign to rally locals to guidance tourism enterprises and to advertise hidden gems and ordeals in Singapore.
As of 1 January 2021, around 300,000 Singaporeans have applied the SRV scheme to make bookings with Singapore hotels, points of interest and excursions, paying $35.9m in SRV redemptions and out-of-pocket payments.