The Indonesian fire is taking a big toll on Singapore daily life...and business. It could takes weeks, or even longer, to get back to normal.
The tourism sector has taken a hit from the haze, with the Singapore Flyer and DUCKtours announcing they would suspend operations until conditions improve, after the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reached a record high of 371 at 1pm on Thursday.
Other outdoor attractions saw slight dips in visitor numbers, while tour operators leading inbound groups to Singapore have had to adjust itineraries to carry out more activities indoors, although they have yet to receive cancellations. Resorts World Sentosa reported “fewer visitors” to the Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Inbound tourists appeared to be unfazed by the haze, with most tour agencies contacted by TODAY saying they have not received cancellations.
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Photo credit: Partygoers line up to enter a nightclub at Marina Bay Sands, as haze shrouds the skyline of Singapore in the background, late June 19, 2013. Tim Chong / Reuters