STB rejigs travel agents act

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Singapore Tourism Board are seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Travel Agents Act and Regulations.

The public consultation exercise will run through to 12 July.

The review of the Travel Agents Act and Regulations is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the regulatory framework and facilitate a pro-business environment in the travel agents industry as well as enhance consumer protection (1).  Read more

SIA merges Scoot and Tiger brands

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 16 June 2017: Two budget carriers under the Singapore Airlines (SIA) umbrella will merge into a single brand from next month, it was announced Thursday, as the company consolidates to fend off growing  competition.

From 25 July, Scoot and Tigerair will operate under the Scoot brand and will use a single website, check-in counter and flight designator code, their holding company Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH) said in a statement.

Scoot, a medium-to-long-haul carrier, and Tigerair, which operates short-to-medium haul routes, were brought under the BAH umbrella in May 2016, but continued to operate separately. Read more

Lee family in dispute

June 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 15 June 2017: Tightly-ruled Singapore was rocked by an unprecedented political drama, Wednesday, when a feud between the children of the late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew over his legacy burst into the open.

The founder’s oldest child, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, came under attack online before dawn from his younger brother Lee Hsien Yang, and younger sister Lee Wei Ling. They accused him of exploiting their father’s legacy for his own political agenda, a charge the premier quickly denied.

The pair also claimed that their brother had abused his powers to harass them. Read more

Bintan tie up with CresentRating

June 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 June 2017: Bintan Resorts rolls out a series of initiatives in collaboration with CrescentRating and Halaltrip, to increase its appeal to Muslim travellers across the world with a focus on the neighbouring ASEAN region, China and the Middle East.

Indonesia recently climbed one position to take the third spot as the top performing destination in the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2017.

The new initiative includes the Muslim Visitor Guide to Bintan Resorts that will be available in English and subsequently translated to Arabic and Chinese. The guide highlights Muslim friendly resorts, attractions and Halal friendly restaurants, providing visitors with a high level of assurance. Read more

Fly and ferry service at Changi

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 7 June 2017: Changi Airport Group and Singapore Cruise Centre launched of a new shuttle bus service, last week, to transfer passengers from the airport to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

The move should improve connectivity for passengers who travel to and from Changi Airport and the Riau Islands of Batam and Bintan in Indonesia.

The shuttle buses depart from TMFT, or Terminal 2 at Changi Airport, offering eight return services on weekdays and 10 on weekends. The one-way transfer costs SGD2. Read more

Lifestylepanel taps Metro Global network

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 June 2017: The travel industry is set for a major shake up as Southeast Asian tech company Lifestylepanel partners with international hospitality management group Metro Global to overhaul guest engagement services in resorts and hotels.

The deal will allow Lifestylepanel to expand its service to hotels in seven countries in Europe and the Middle East through Metro Global.

Lifestylepanel positions itself as an ‘Uber-style’ disruptor in the lucrative worldwide in-house guest sales and services sector. Read more

Australia woos Singaporean tourists

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2017: Singaporeans travelling to Australia, next year will be eligible for a new visa that will allow stays of up to three months at a time, over a six-year validity period.

ChannelNewsAsia reported the new visa was “exclusive” to Singaporeans and would be effective from 1 January, 2018.

The announcement on the long-term visa was made 2 June by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his three-day visit to Singapore. Read more

Hilton Garden debuts in Singapore

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 2 June 2017: Hilton Garden Inn announced, Thursday,  entry into the Singapore hotel market with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon.

The hotel brings 328 new rooms to the Hilton Garden Inn brand.

“We are proud to open our first Hilton Garden Inn in Singapore, a prominent gateway city in Southeast Asia,” said, Hilton Garden Inn global head John Greenleaf. Read more

STB serves notice on travel agency

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Tour Operators

SINGAPORE, 2 June 2017: Singapore Tourism Board announced, 31 May, that it served a revocation notice against a travel agency a day earlier.

It named Misa Travel Pte Ltd (MISA Travel) [licence no 00920] saying it has served a notice of revocation in accordance with the Travel Agents Act (Chapter 334).

In accordance with the Travel Agents Act, Misa Travel Pte Ltd will be given until 21 June to provide reasons against the revocation of their travel agent licence, failing which the revocation will take effect unless an appeal is submitted to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Read more

Silk to fly to Hiroshima

May 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 31 May 2017: Singapore-based SilkAir, will launch a nonstop flight between Singapore and Hiroshima, Japan, this year.

Commencing 30 October the new service will operate three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays [1].

Using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the service will feature both business and economy class cabins. Read more

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