Singapore gains liveable points

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Singapore, Thailand

SINGAPORE, 18 August 2017: For the first time Singapore overhauled Hong Kong in the Economist Intelligence Unit 2017 Global Liveability Ranking released Wednesday.

Singapore jumped 11 places to 35th in the annual survey that assigns scores for 140 cities based on 30 criteria covering stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Hong Kong slipped two places to 45th. Read more

Many shades of Asia

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 17 August 2017: Asia Pacific recognised as the world’s largest travel market, mainly due to the presence of China, presents the greatest opportunities for the global tourism industry to expand according to the latest Amadeus Journey of Me Insights study.

Considering that in China, the world’s leading outbound market, less than 9% of the population own a passport, this makes the Asia Pacific traveller a force to be reckoned with – one that presents the greatest opportunity for the travel industry, but also many challenges.

According to Amadeus Asia Pacific president, Albert Pozo, “there is no traveller today quite as important as the Asia Pacific traveller. Yet the irony is that even as we talk about the ‘Asia Pacific traveller’ – it doesn’t exist Read more

Korea partners with ITB Asia

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 10 August 2017: ITB Asia has secured a partnership with the Korea Tourism Organisation of Singapore.

The memorandum of cooperation with Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, organiser of ITB Asia, looks to boost Korea’s appeal as a key destination for leisure travel in Southeast Asia.

“ITB Asia has been chosen as the key platform of choice for KTO in bridging more visitor and buyer connections, and boosting awareness of Korea’s thriving tourism industry,” said Messe Berlin (Singapore) executive director Katrina Leung. Read more

Rich travel could look poor

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 9 August 2017: Travellers are adopting new ideas on what constitutes luxury travel, according to the latest Sabre study.

Heading for the exit are the flashy logos and conspicuous consumption, replaced by more subtle indulgences, not so showy and not in the face of those who are blessed with less cash.

The trending shows today’s luxury traveller gravitates toward travel that enables them to live out their personal values and fulfill dreams through exclusive experiences. Read more

Scoot takes SilkAir routes

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 8 August 2017: Following the merger of Tiger Air and Scoot some of SilkAir’s services are being transferred to the low-cost airline.

Scoot will take over services to Kuching in Malaysia, 29 October and to Palembang in Indonesia, 23 November.

SilkAir flies four times weekly to Kuching and has  three weekly fights to Palembang. Its fares are not competitive with low-cost airlines prompting the decision to shift the service to Scoot. Read more

Lao Air back to Singapore

VIENTIANE, 1 August 2017: Lao Airlines will relaunch a flight between Vientiane and Singapore starting 29 October.

According to the airline website, the route will be operated with three weekly flights Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using an Airbus A320.

Earlier this year Lao Airlines halted direct flights from Vientiane to Singapore without giving any credible reasons according to Vientiane Times. Read more

Chinese spending spree in Singapore

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 1 August 2017: Singapore’s international tourist arrivals grew 4% reaching 4.3 million visits, during the first quarter of this year, while tourist receipts reached SGD6.4 billion, up 15% on Q1 2016.

China was top of the pile on two counts; tourist receipts and arrivals.  Tourist receipts earned SGD1,075 million representing an increase of 30% and the China market supplied 851,000 visits, up 14%.

Indonesia was second supplying SGD688 million improving 16% and 720,000 visits, up a marginal 2%. Read more

Raffles readies for scrub

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 26 July 2017: Sir Stamford Raffles must be one of the cleanest statues in the region.

He gets a regular scrub down and is suitably deodorised in keeping with his lofty status as the most snapped statue in this island nation, second only to the Merlion.

Hardly surprising as Singapore is considered the squeaky clean destination of Southeast Asia, light years ahead of its neighbours in hygiene and public health. Read more

Scoot sends Tiger to an early grave

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 26 July 2017: Tigerair officially ceased to operate as a separate entity, Tuesday, as the merger with Scoot was officially declared complete.

All Tiger Air operations and fleet transferred to Scoot, the budget airline owned by Singapore Airlines Group. The process started in May last year, when they were brought under a common holding company, Budget Aviation.

The airlines will operate under a single licence or Air Operator’s Certificate, and consequently, the flight designator code for all Scoot flights will be changed from TZ to TR – the code  used for Tigerair flights. Read more

Singapore talent travels inside out

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 21 July 2017: Singapore Tourism Board takes its Singapore: Inside Out to two new cities; Tokyo and Sydney this year to showcase the island nation’s creative arts and talent.

The Tokyo event will be hosted 25 to 27 August and Sydney, 3 to 5 November.

Unlike the 2015 events, they will be curated with host city’s audiences in mind, and will feature a strong line-up of talents from both Singapore and the host city. Read more

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