Articles tagged “singapore”

Tourism and Aviation Get Extra Help in Singapore’s $4.5 Billion Coronavirus Support Package

Tourism and Aviation Get Extra Help in Singapore’s $4.5 Billion Coronavirus Support Package

John Geddie and Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

The latest stimulus packages unveiled are a strong signal from the Singapore government that it empathizes with the plight of the hard-hit tourism and aviation sectors amid the coronavirus crisis. After all, many livelihoods and the survival of businesses are at stake.

5 days ago

Recession Possible for Tourism-Dependent Singapore Due to Coronavirus: Prime Minister

Recession Possible for Tourism-Dependent Singapore Due to Coronavirus: Prime Minister

Reuters

Coronavirus is looking like it may take an unprecedented hit on the travel industry, and tourism-dependent economies like Singapore's stand to lose the most.

1 week ago

Why Trust Matters for Asia Tourism as Crisis Deepens

Why Trust Matters for Asia Tourism as Crisis Deepens

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

The coronavirus not only exposes the varying political alignments between Asian governments with China, but also their different approaches to crisis communications, all of which would have knock-on impacts on travel confidence to a country.

1 week ago

Singapore Slashes Visitor Arrival Estimates by a Third for 2020 as Coronavirus Tests Its Mettle

Singapore Slashes Visitor Arrival Estimates by a Third for 2020 as Coronavirus Tests Its Mettle

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

The growing number of coronavirus cases in Singapore has heightened worries about human-to-human transmission among travelers, but the government’s swift and clear response so far shows its ability to manage a crisis.

2 weeks ago

Singapore Launches WeChat Mini Program Catering to Chinese Bleisure Travelers

Singapore Launches WeChat Mini Program Catering to Chinese Bleisure Travelers

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

Singapore is ahead of the curve when it comes to its Chinese inbound strategy. It's the first country destination to roll out a WeChat Mini Program specifically targeted to Chinese business travelers attending meetings and events.

2 months ago

Why Singapore Must Keep Tour Startups Well-Oiled

Why Singapore Must Keep Tour Startups Well-Oiled

Raini Hamdi, Skift

New players create unique tours such as an inside look at the disappearing trades of Singapore. If they aren’t encouraged and supported, the city’s inbound travel agencies could disappear.

2 months ago

New Unique Tours Draw Americans to Singapore But Creators Face Cost Issues

New Unique Tours Draw Americans to Singapore But Creators Face Cost Issues

Yixin Ng, Skift

A new generation of entrepreneurs is creating unique tours for visitors to Singapore. But fighting legacy tour players and online travel giants only makes the high costs of doing business harder to do business.

2 months ago

Singapore Tourism Industry Buoyed by Tourists Avoiding Hong Kong

Singapore Tourism Industry Buoyed by Tourists Avoiding Hong Kong

Faris Mokhtar, Bloomberg

Singapore's tourism sector has plenty of things going for it currently. Unfortunately for Hong Kong, travelers choosing to skip the protests there and visit Singapore instead appears to be one of them.

2 months ago

Singapore’s New Hotel Automation Stokes Big Brother Image

Singapore’s New Hotel Automation Stokes Big Brother Image

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A new system that enables the sharing of guest data between hotels and the authorities is meant to increase productivity at hotels. Really? Better communication is needed.

3 months ago

Is Singapore’s New Hotel Guest Authentication Just Creepy Surveillance?

Is Singapore’s New Hotel Guest Authentication Just Creepy Surveillance?

Yixin Ng, Skift

Self check-in by facial recognition at hotels is unlikely to be an industrywide reality anytime soon in Singapore — and that’s not exactly bad news.

3 months ago

The Historic Ritz London Could Sell for $1 Billion

The Historic Ritz London Could Sell for $1 Billion

Jack Sidders, David Hellier and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

London’s super-prime hotels don't go on the market very often. The Ritz London could be the next one as its owners hire a team to pursue a deal. Only a small group of wealthy investors will get a chance to bid on it, but luxury hotel groups could swoop in to nab the storied hotel.

4 months ago

Flying Taxi Tests in Singapore Reveal Rival Visions of the Future

Flying Taxi Tests in Singapore Reveal Rival Visions of the Future

Melissa Cheok and Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg

We'll believe it when we see actual passengers in real flying taxis that authorities have approved as safe.

4 months ago