Singapore: Asia’s top passport

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

MONTREAL, 16 January 2017: Singapore rises to second place worldwide in the latest Passport Index.

The index is presented as a real-time global web-based ranking of the world’s passports mainly on how many visa-free, or visa-on-arrival countries, can be visited by passport holders.

Germany topped the ranking with a visa-free score of 157. Read more

Lo and behold a warehouse hotel

January 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 13 January 2017: The Warehouse Hotel is now open with 37 rooms in six categories.

The project is the inaugural hotel project of Singaporean hospitality firm The Lo & Behold Group.

Singapore agency, Asylum, designed the hotel to replicate a godown building that were a common sight in Singapore during the height of Singapore’s spice trade. Read more

Zenith wins STB media account

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 January 2017: Singapore Tourism Board has appointed Zenith as its new global media agency.

The appointment was based on an open Request for Proposal (RFP) for a global media planning and buying agency last October.

Incumbent media agency MEC’s contract will end this March. Read more

STB makes board changes

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Trade Talk

SINGAPORE, 9 January 2017: Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) confirmed recently several board changes at the Singapore Tourism Board, including the appointment of a new chairman.

Chaly Mah Chee Kheong, former chief executive officer of Deloitte Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia and former chairman of Deloitte Singapore, took over from Chew Choon Seng as chairman of STB, 1 January.

Chew stepped down after completing a six-year tenure. Read more

Changi creates living lab

January 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 January 2017: Changi Airport will introduce a SGD50 million programme to drive innovation over the next five years.

The programme will see CAG collaborate with innovation-driven companies and start ups, to develop new technology solutions in a live airport environment.

It is partnering with the Singapore Economic Development Board to launch ‘Changi Airport Living Lab Programme’. Read more

Media told to cough up and pay

January 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 January 2017: ASEAN’s travel community will celebrate the 50 anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during the up coming ASEAN Travel Mart that opens in Singapore, 18 January.

To kick-off the milestone year, Singapore is hosting the 36th ASEAN Tourism Forum, 18 to 20 January.

Despite the importance of the event, Singapore has virtually ended the long tradition of hosting international media. Read more

Angkor a bargain for Singaporeans

January 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 January 2017: Visiting Angkor Wat tops the best value experience of a lifetime list for Singaporean travellers, according to the inaugural TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime, a cost comparison study by travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor.

While exploring Angkor Wat comes out as the cheapest of all the top experiences of a lifetime for Singaporeans, the study also revealed that travellers who plan ahead can save up to 83% on tours and hotels making the pricier experiences of a lifetime much more affordable.

Conducted in partnership with independent research firm Kantar TNS, the study outlines the cost per day for two people to take a trip to experience 10 of the world’s most popular once-in-a-lifetime experiences, taking into account the cost of a return flight, return airport transfer, a stay in a four-star hotel, dinner and a day tour of the experience of a lifetime. Read more

DFS bags cruise duty-free

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 27 December 2016: Singapore Cruise Centre has awarded its first master duty-free and general merchandise concession to retailer DFS Group.

The public tender was called last June for the duty-free operations at SCC’s HarbourFront and Tanah Merah Ferry terminals for the next five years, with a two-year extension option.

This is the first time SCC has decided to consolidate several separate contracts for existing duty-free concessions across six categories including liquor and tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics, fashion and travel accessories and confectionery concession into a single contract, commencing 1 April 2017. Read more

Singapore hotel occupancy softens

December 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

LONDON, 20 December 2016: STR’s latest preliminary November 2016 data for Singapore indicates overall performance declines.

Based on daily data from November, Singapore reported  an increase in supply of plus 4%, while demand increased 2.2%  in year-over-year comparisons.

However, the popular Southeast Asian destination reported a 1.8% decrease in occupancy to 81.1% and aa 4.2% decrease in average daily rate (ADR) to SGD273.49. Read more

SilkAir adds Colombo to network

December 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 15 December 2016: SilkAir will commence flights to Sri Lanka’s commercial capital Colombo, 8 April 2017.

The regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines will operate three flights weekly, taking over SIA’s SQ466/SQ467 service.

SIA will continue to operate its daily night flight SQ468 and return flight SQ469. Read more

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