With international travel largely discouraged during the COVID-19 pandemic, major Asian cities have turned their focus to domestic travel to boost economic spending. In the Lion City, a $45 million dollar SingapoRediscovers campaign has been launched by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and other agencies, to attract residents to take a local holiday—cheekily dubbed “Singapoliday.”
Locals can look forward to staycation packages, heartland tours, dining promotions, and more. Aside from activities at popular tourist attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and Sentosa’s Skyline Luge, there’ll be specially curated events offered in partnership with communities such as photographers, foodies, as well as nature and heritage groups to help locals discover hidden gems in the city.
While domestic travel won’t be able to make up for the shortfall in tourist spending, which totalled $27.7 billion last year, this campaign will hopefully channel part of this unused travel budge to local businesses—some of which are struggling to survive during these trying times.
Here are some exciting deals to check out:
The Suite Life – A Raffles Staycation Offer
Always wanted to experience the grand dame that is Raffles Singapore? This S$795 staycation package comes with perks like a complimentary second night stay, suite upgrade, daily breakfast for two, hotel historic tour, spa and dining discounts, as well as $100 experiential credit per stay.
30% off Creepy Tales of Singapore Tour
Meant for the curious and fearless, this best-selling tour uncovers another side of the city state. Equipped with ghost-hunting gear, participants will be guided on a tour of several supposed haunted sites in Singapore, from the world’s largest Chinese cemetery to a massacre site from the World War II.
55% off Sentosa Attractions
Spend a day out in the sun at the Sentosa island resort with 55 percent off tickets for a round trip on the Singapore cable car, a two-hour-long sojourn on the Singapore Island Bus Tour, and the dazzling Wings of Time show—featuring fireworks, water works, and laser effects,
3-course dinner at Dusk Restaurant and Bar
Plan your next date night at Dusk Restaurant and Bar, perched on the scenic Mount Faber for incredible sunset views. The S$75 per pax, three-course dinner includes wine pairing and a hands-on cocktail mixing experience. Those celebrating a special occassion also have the option to top-up for cake, flower bouquets, and Laurent Perrier champagne.
Bundle Promo – Sands Staycation
From $339, guests can book a night’s stay at Marina Bay Sands Singapore with complimentary room upgrade. Benefits include early check-in, S$50 spending credit per night, entry to Sands SkyPark Observation Deck and Infinity Pool, 15 perceny off ArtScience Museum tickets, as well as up to 15 percent discount off treatments at Banyan Tree Spa.