Last month, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that S$320 million will be set aside for tourism credits.
Called SingapoRediscovers Vouchers, they aim to boost the ailing local tourism industry.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) shared today (16 September) that Singaporeans aged 18 and above this year will each receive S$100 in digital vouchers.
These vouchers are exclusive to Singaporeans; Permanent Residents are not eligible to receive it.
The SingapoRediscovers Vouchers will come in denominations of $10, and can be used at all licensed hotels, leisure attractions and for local tours by operators that have received approval from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to reopen or resume.
These include Singapore’s four wildlife parks, a number of activities and hotels on Sentosa and guided tours of Pulau Ubin.
These vouchers will be accessible via SingPass from December and can be used to offset ticket purchases and hotel stays through the end of June next year.
According to Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, the duration of the voucher programme is timed to coincide with the June and December holidays and spreading out demand in between.
“This is an economic scheme to help our tourist attractions preserve their capabilities that have been built up over their years while they consolidate the capacity in the interim,” he added.
The vouchers complement the $45 million SingapoRediscovers marketing campaign, launched in July to encourage locals to holiday at home and support local businesses.
A S$10 subsidy will also be provided for children and youth tickets for attractions and tours. Each person can purchase up to six children or youth tickets at subsidised prices.
More than 200 deals and packages have been launched so far, and the vouchers will give locals more incentive to rediscover their backyard, according to STB.
It added that specific details on how vouchers can be redeemed will be announced in November.
Featured Image Credit: JW Marriot Hotel Singapore South Beach
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