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SingapoRediscover: What To Do with The S$100 Tourism Vouchers Coming Our Way
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our tourism sector hard, with restrictions on international travel plunging our visitor arrivals to incredible lows. There’s not a lot to say about the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) hastily jamming 2 words together in naming their SingapoRediscover campaign (you have to admit it's not an intuitive play on words), but, in aiding the creation of many whopping discounts and deals for attractions island-wide, the S$45 million injected into domestic tourism to encourage local spending has been a much needed push.
There is now a further expansion of this campaign to encourage locals to rediscover Singapore (see, this a perfectly fine tagline~); S$100 digital SingapoRediscover vouchers will be disbursed to every Singaporean aged 18 and above, for the purchase of hotel staycations, tickets to leisure attractions and other touristy things.
These SingapoRediscovers Vouchers will be accessible via SingPass from December 2020 and can be used to offset ticket purchases and hotel stays until the end of June 2021. For those under 18, adult Singaporeans can step in to purchase (up to 6) subsidised tickets for attractions and tours at S$10 off. Unfortunately, permanent residents will not be eligible for the vouchers.
Coming in denominations of S$10, these vouchers can be used at all licensed hotels, leisure attractions and for local tours by operators that have received approval from the STB to reopen or resume. A list of approved tourism businesses can be found on STB's website.
Some 200 over hotels and more than 400 tour itineraries have already been given the go ahead to resume operations, albeit with safety measures in place. Full details of these vouchers will only be released in November, but we can have fun now thinking up a few ideas on how to have a “Singapoliday” (no, this combination is terrible too).
Photo Credit: Marina Bay Sands
The Singapore ArtScience Museum has the lofty goal of encouraging the understanding of science through the emotional expressions of art, and as such its exhibitions uniquely explore the intersections between cultural aesthetics and technological sophistication. It is also a good place to get instagrammable photos. Until 31st December 2020, you can get 30% off tickets to Future World: Where Art Meets Science. Yes, it’s the exhibition with all the trippy crystal lights. Whatever your motivations, paying the museum a visit is bound to yield a rewarding experience.
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Nothing makes you feel like a tourist in your own country more than taking a guided tour. But that’s not at all a bad thing! With a multitude of choices, ranging from cultural art tours to snackey hawker walks and even to creepy “ghost hunting” tours, experience different sides of Singapore that you’ve perhaps taken for granted simply because this is home and you never needed to lift a finger to belong here. At a time where we must stick together to get through one of the most testing periods in our history, now might be a good time to appreciate more of our culture, quirks and all. You can even leave our island (but not Singapore’s borders) to tour Pulau Ubin.
Staycays for Days
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Many hotels are obviously leaning hard into staycations, what with a dearth of international travellers to contend with. There are even “Work from Hotel” packages springing up now to draw in business from those too busy to have a holiday.
There are plenty of staycation packages out there, but Millenium Hotels and Resorts stand out by partnering with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) to provide packages which include customised experiences with nature.
With the Millennium Wild Experience staycation package, hotel guests can visit the Singapore Zoo or the River Safari with a private guide to meet orangutans and pandas. Exclusive sessions with the WRS' animal care team to learn more about caring for these animals are also included. Other interesting options include private buggy tours of the zoo and Jurong Bird Park, as well as various dining and retail deals at these parks.
Meanwhile Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) was always going to be at the forefront of people’s holidaying thoughts. And RWS is only happy to oblige, with their online exclusive 3D2N Hotel & Multi-Attractions Package offering up to 65% off for a two-night stay at either the Equarius Hotel or Hotel Michael, two tickets to Universal Studios Singapore, and two S.E.A Aquarium tickets. Perfect for a couple’s getaway.
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Here’s a more unconventional activity: don’t just go kayaking with friends, but also go fishing on a kayak together. Form a group of 4-5 people, get on a small boat to be dwarfed by ships headed for one of the world’s busiest ports, and fish for groupers and snappers while getting a view of Singapore’s urban landscape from the sea. We imagine it's not as tranquil as fishing usually is, nor as thrilling as kayaking normally would be, but a kayak fishing tour with Kayak Fishing Fever might just be a wonderful marriage of the two which produces the best experience. It's certainly one to share with friends.